EVERYBODY RAPSYNC: Elon James White and Jasiri X Respond to Stop and Frisk Ruling

On Monday, Federal Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled that the New York City Stop & Frisk policy was unconstitutional and in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable search and seizure. In response, New York City Mayor Bloomberg warned that the Judge didn’t “understand how policing works” and vowed to appeal the “dangerous” ruling on behalf of the city of New York.

In light of her decision, I checked in with Elon James White, founder of the award winning Podcast This Week In Blacknessand rapper Jasiri X, who in recent months had collaborated to give the Internet The 10 Frisk Commandments Remixfor their reactions.

The 10 Frisk Commandments takes a page from Biggie Smalls 10 Crack Commandments and sprang from an impromptu exchange at Netroots Nation last year.  The collaboration began as a song that featured Jasiri X in a video directed by Elon, and was remixed a year later and re-released in a video that features a variety of artists, activists and local politicians rap-syncing to the lyrics.

The ultimate takeaway being that racial profiling is a detrimental policy that impacts us all, a point that continues to evade Mayor Bloomberg who has explicitly stated that the end of the Stop and Frisk policy may result in “a lot of people dying,” as Jasiri notes:

The sad part is that Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly still don’t get it. They keep trying to make us believe that Stop and Frisk is for the benefit of Black and Brown communities. We don’t need another politician with a white savior complex, especially one who’s dangerous policies do more harm than good.

Indeed Jasiri’s rhymes, unlike Bloomberg’s bravado, are backed by statistics that indicate in the past two years out of all of the individuals stopped, nearly 90% were found guilty of no crime. Proponents of the policy champion it as being instrumental in saving “thousands of young Black and Hispanic men by removing guns from the streets” — when, indeed, findings suggest that almost one hundred percent of the time guns aren’t actually found on the individuals who are being stopped and frisked.

The ruling issued by the judge echos sentiments shared by Jasiri in the initial recording of the song when he raps;

Rule #10 a strong word call the Constitution
Or does it apply then to only white men
Is being Black and Brown probable cause Hell no
So why we getting stopped rain, sleet, hail, snow

Bloomberg – who has previously stated that “we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little” -despite statistics that show that over 80% of individuals stopped are Black or Hispanic- would have you believe that it’s for your own good.  What underlies his vendetta is the notion that black and brown people need to be policed for their own security.

The cultural and systemic implications of a policy like Stop and Frisk cannot be understated.  While they may be harder to measure, the fact is that this policy perpetuates the notion that men of a certain pigmentation are dangerous, suspect and that treating them accordingly is justified and conducive to their own preservation.

At the heart of The 10 Frisk Commandments is a God willing to degrade you to protect you from yourself.

Elon is not impressed:

I find the whole process and ruling a bit problematic. The ruling doesn’t bring me joy because we now know what many believe is “right”–young people of color are criminals until proven not to be. NYC had a law for dehumanizing us but this still happens in places without the law. I’m reminded of the old Chris Rock joke about folks wanting credit for doing the right thing. Ruling this unconstitutional was the least they could do and I will not praise them for realizing treating people who look like me like shit was bad.

In the age of Trayvon Martin and Anthony Stokes, the simple act of being a young man of color is in itself an act of deviance that warrants giving others pause.  What qualifies as an acceptable response to that deviance is what’s currently being debated.

Whether we stop and frisk them, shoot them, or deny them a heart transplant– the victims of what’s at the heart of this policy are people who deserve the right to exist in America with their dignity intact.

Asking for as much makes me sad.

This is pathetic.

If you concur, then rapsync.

Share the video– or make your own.

We may not have billions of dollars or access to all the bells and whistles of the New York City Mayor’s office– but we have the Internet, and thanks to The 10 Frisk Remix we have a soundtrack that lights the way forward.

13 Responses to "EVERYBODY RAPSYNC: Elon James White and Jasiri X Respond to Stop and Frisk Ruling"
ThingsComeUndone | Wednesday August 14, 2013 01:14 pm 1

New York City Mayor Bloomberg warned that the Judge didn’t “understand how policing works”

Papers please is wrong for Jews but stop and frisk is ok if your Dark.


ThingsComeUndone | Wednesday August 14, 2013 01:23 pm 2

Bloomberg – who has previously stated that “we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little” despite statistics that show that over 80% of individuals stopped are Black or Hispanic- would have you believe that it’s for your own good.

Evil is evil but White Collar Crooks don’t do any real jail time instead they get a bank bailout don’t they.


ThingsComeUndone | Wednesday August 14, 2013 01:32 pm 3

One per cent of people are psychopaths – but four per cent of business leaders

These numbers might be low.

Many lead ‘normal’ – even successful – lives. In fact, a recent study suggested that up to one in 25 business leaders may be psychopaths.

Ameriocan researchers took a magnetic-resonance imaging scanner to a medium security prison in Wisconsin, and scanned the brains of 40 prisoners in a doing time for similar offences, half of whom had been diagnosed with psychopathy

Results of the study revealed both structural and functional abnormalities in the brains of the psychopaths, with scientists finding there was less communication between two key areas of their brains than the other prisoners.
The first of these structures, known as the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, is responsible for emotions including empathy and guilt.
The second, called the amygdala, controls levels of fear and anxiety.
It is thought the lack of communication between these two areas makes it difficult for psychopaths to regulate their social and emotional behaviour.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2065161/Psychopaths-arent-just-mentally-different–brains-physically-deformed-prevent-feeling-fear-guilt.html

We have psych tests for Psychopaths the new Brain Scan test mentioned and the Hare Test. I wonder if the Mayor would like it if we started scanning all of Wallstreet given how much White Collar crime costs the economy?
But first we can start with politicians.


ThingsComeUndone | Wednesday August 14, 2013 01:39 pm 4

Psychopaths make up 1% of the general population, but 25% of the prison population, according to Dr. Hare. “Violence is not uncommon among offender populations, but psychopaths still manage to stand out,” he says. “They commit more than twice as many violent and aggressive acts, both in and out of prison, as do other criminals.”

When they get out of jail, they often return to crime. “The recidivism rate of psychopaths is about double that of other offenders,” Dr. Hare says. “The violent recidivism rate of psychopaths is about triple that of other offenders.”

http://www.lovefraud.com/beware-the-sociopath/key-symptoms/violence/

Ever notice how un empathetic Bloomberg is toward Dark People? How free of Guilt he seems about WallStreet destroying the economy?
How Manipulative he seems, well ok that standard for Politicians. I think we should in the Public’s interest sue and force Bloomberg to take a Brain Scan.
We have plenty of evidence that he might be a psychopath and therefore not fit for office.


JamesJoyce | Wednesday August 14, 2013 01:45 pm 5

Yup, discrimination in America not an issue, Justice Roberts?

Pass your crack pipe dude, but not to me!


JamesJoyce | Wednesday August 14, 2013 01:48 pm 6

Every dysfunctional society needs a scapegoat, Mayor!

Your papers pleaze?


ThingsComeUndone | Wednesday August 14, 2013 01:57 pm 7

One of the main reasons the world faces so many crises today is that the ways of society are generally contrary to fundamental Torah values. Even many people who are committed to Judaism often stress ritual observance but fail to place sufficient emphasis on Judaism’s powerful universal concerns.

“love thy neighbor as thyself”, “be kind to the stranger for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”, and “seek peace and pursue it”;

My Bold You were Strangers in Egypt just like Illegal Immigrants are Strangers today. You were also Slaves in Egypt but you Stop and Frisk the former Slaves of America.

Love of all creatures is also love of God, for whoever loves the One (God) loves all the works that He has made. When one loves God, it is impossible not to love His creatures. The opposite is also true. If one hates the creatures, it is impossible to love God Who created them. (Maharal of Prague, Nesivos Olam, Ahavas haRe’i, 1)

My Bold Bloomberg Hates God! For Actions speak louder than words!

Most Jews are aware of the traditional story about the great Jewish scholar, Hillel, who was asked by a Roman soldier to summarize Judaism “while standing on one foot”–in other words, to put all of Jewish theology in a nutshell. Hillel’s response was to repeat Judaism’s original “Golden Rule”: “That which is hateful to yourself, do not do unto others.

My Bold when the Germans stopped and asked Jews for their Papers in the street was this not hateful?
Why the ^&*! would Bloomberg do this to someone else? Did he learn to read the Torah upside down?

I the Great Prophet who speaks for God to all religions declare Mayor Bloomberg cannot call himself Jewish anymore he is an embarrassment to his religion and God.
( who is to say God didn’t tell me to write this? Faith is impossible to prove.)


SharonMI | Wednesday August 14, 2013 01:58 pm 8

Bloomin’ idjit!


ThingsComeUndone | Wednesday August 14, 2013 02:03 pm 9

Every dysfunctional society needs a scapegoat,

Jews were scapegoats for the Nazi’s to blame a bad economy and defeat in WW1 on. Mayor Bloomberg much like a child who has been abused has become an abuser himself and wants to turn others into scapegoats I presume so that people don’t blame Jews for the Bad Economy.
He doesn’t see that when you create a mob mentality the mob will keep screaming for more victims.
He does not see that after the African Americans and Hispanics are gone they will go after Jews next.
Scratch that I know a few people who will go after Jews First.
This lack of long term thinking by Bloomberg I would argue is another sign he is a Psychopath.


joelmael | Wednesday August 14, 2013 02:09 pm 10

I agree stop and frisk is unconstitutional and as implemented is racist.

However this statement seems to me to be intentionally blind:

“Proponents of the policy champion it as being instrumental to saving “thousands of young Black and Hispanic men by removing guns from the streets” — when indeed findings suggest that almost one hundred percent of the time guns aren’t actually found on the individuals who are being stopped and frisked.”

Is it not likely that the likelyhood of being frisked would reduce the incidence of carrying guns?

That does not excuse the practice but you have to give it to the police argument there are fewer guns on the street and fewer shootings.


nixonclinbushbama | Wednesday August 14, 2013 03:00 pm 11
In response to joelmael @ 10

I agree stop and frisk is unconstitutional and as implemented is racist.

Stop and frisk, as implemented, is unconstitutional. There are scenarios in which stop and frisk would be a reasonable action and therefore constitutional.


nixonclinbushbama | Wednesday August 14, 2013 03:05 pm 12

Indeed Jasiri’s rhymes, unlike Bloomberg’s bravado, are backed by statistics that indicate that in the past two years out of all of the individuals stopped nearly 90% were found guilty of no crime.

This could give the impression that all or most of the people stopped were charged with crimes, and then found not guilty. However, in vast majority of instances of stop and frisk in NYC, there was not even a prosecution.

If there was not enough of a case to prosecute in most instances, that tends to show that there was not a valid basis for the stop in the first instance.


Sara Haile-Mariam | Wednesday August 14, 2013 08:50 pm 13
In response to joelmael @ 10

That’s the thing– that argument isn’t actually substantiated by the facts. One of the articles I linked to expands;

“If we look at the numbers, Stop and Frisk is actually rarely effective. In 2011, 685,000 stop-and-frisk stops were performed but only 770 guns were seized. As Jamil Smith at MSNBC notes, the practice has confiscated only one gun per 1,000 attempts. ‘It’s one thing to suspect for no reason; another to suspect for no reason, and produce no results. It doubles the inanity,’ Smith explains.”

You can read more here: http://www.policymic.com/articles/59243/stop-and-frisk-is-not-only-racist-it-doesn-t-work


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