Episode 40: The New Jim Crow.

Some of this week’s topics with Ann, Becky, and Dan include:
Jim Crow, racial profiling, mass incarceration, mandatory minimums, racism and AirBnB, Stop and Frisk, and more!

(0:47) Jim Crow.
Dan wasn’t aware that Jim Crow was not a real person. During his monologue Dan explains that he thought that someone named Jim Crow was responsible, or at least in part, for creating segregation laws in the south. Becky also admits she did not know that Jim Crow was not a real person.

(2:10) The History of Jim Crow.
Dan reads over the history of where Jim Crow comes from. In short, Jim Crow is a fictional character portrayed by actor Thomas Dartmouth Rice in one of the early Minstrel Shows. The name Jim Crow became a derogatory term used to describe Black people.

(5:41) The New Jim Crow.
Ann admits that she was unfamiliar with the term The New Jim Crow. Dan explains that the term is used to describe laws that specifically target and affect people of color; mass incarceration being one of the most notable.

(7:44) Mandatory Minimums.
Ann explains what exactly a mandatory minimum is and how prosecutors use their discretion to charge people of color with more severe crimes that often include mandatory minimums.

(11:52) Interesting Statistics.
Dan goes over some pretty damning statistics that paint Black people to be more prone to criminality, when in reality the numbers lie. More Black men now, in 2018, cannot vote than in the 1870 when the 15th amendment was ratified because of mass incarceration. In 2018 there are more Black people under correctional control (prison, jail, probation, parole) than were enslaved in 1850. In large urban areas, statistically more than 50% of working aged Black men have criminal records. We also look at the War on Drugs and how it targets people of color.

(20:27) AirBnB and Racism.
We recap a few AirBnB racial discrimination incidents. One homeowner in Big Bear, CA has been the FIRST to be fined for racial discrimination.

(26:34) Stop and Frisk.
Stop and Frisk was banned in New York because it was deemed to be unconstitutional. Former Mayor Bloomberg was in the process of appealing this decision but when Mayor De Blasio took office he stopped the appeal. Though Stop and Frisk is unconstitutional, the NYPD still participates in the act because they ARE allowed to “pat down” but NOT “frisk.” The difference is that they aren’t allowed to go inside of your pockets, unless of course they have reasonable suspicion (which can be obtained from a pat down), so Stop and Frisk is still technically still in effect.

(30:05) Calling 911.
With the way we’re portrayed by statistics, film, and music, do you blame White people for calling the police on Black people when all they see are criminals?

(33:02) Dan’s Solution to Frivolous 911 Calls.
While a lot of people want to impose fines, Dan explains what he thinks the penalty should be when White people call the police on Black people who are not engaged in criminal behavior. It’s actually pretty groundbreaking and should be taken into consideration.

(34:37) POC Hesitant to Call 911.
We discuss how and why we think that Black people are likely to hesitate to call 911, even if a crime is actively being committed.

(36:08) ACLU: Know Your Rights.
Dan read the ACLU’s Know Your Rights campaign and took issue with the theory vs. practicality. People of color routinely have their rights violated and although we should be treated equally by law enforcement, often we’re not. We use Sterling Brown as a perfect example. Brown was well within his rights by asking why he was being stopped and the Milwaukee Police flew off the handle in what can only be described as rage. This example is exactly why people of color do not trust law enforcement, in fact it makes a lot of us resent law enforcement.

(37:46) The Dangers of Racial Profiling.
Ann explains some of the dangers of people of color being racially profiled. In short, WE CAN DIE!

(41:32) The Wrong N*gga!
When racial discrimination goes wrong, or right? No, wrong… we think? Every now and then police officers violate the rights of a person of color with huge platforms or what seems to be unlimited financial resources. These include celebs, athletes, and other public figures. When this happens, it’s a lot harder to sweep it under the rug.

(46:13) Keeven Robinson.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initially released a statement saying that Keeven Robinson died from asthma complications during the arrest. The coroner told a different story. Keeven died of asphyxiation as determined by an autopsy. We’re surprised the coroner didn’t corroborate the PD’s story. Dan shares why he actually gave JPSO the benefit of the doubt at first, before the coroner’s report.

(52:03) Prison Slavery.
Dan asks for clarification on the 15th amendment which prohibits slavery, except for prisoners.

(53:05) Ask an Attorney.
A massage parlor that I’ve been to a few times was raided. I’ve always paid cash for my “massages” and “other services.” How worried should I be? Is a video of me just being there enough to charge me with anything?

(55:47) How Woke is Afro-Becky?
Who is Charlotte Ray?