Last week, a Belgian tourist said he believed he had been cut some slack by the New York City police mainly because he was white. Indeed, even a perfunctory look at US criminal justice figures reveals that something is not quite right.
What can one say about the state of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream of racial and social equality as we observe his 83rd birthday? A great deal. Because the work of achieving racial equality, ending poverty and ending war is so unfinished.
I'm not going to pretend that security lines and X-rays are now some sort of spiritual experience for me. They still suck, but I have been able to find some equanimity amid the stressing and the stripping.
Today I am joining arms with Cornel West and others to voluntarily land myself in the custody of the police. We are conducting non-violent civil disobedience to put a Stop to the NYPD policy of "Stop & Frisk."
Now is the time for us to come together and end this unlawful practice. Racial profiling is ineffective, erodes public trust in law enforcement and violates the Constitution. It has no place in American life.