As a minority who has grown up around crime, violence, and police brutality, I have seen how corrupt and ill informed the police force has a tendency to be. Robert Gangi is definitely wrong when he says it is too late for an apology and an action against stop and frisk. We definitely need to prevent stop and frisk for future innocent victims of stop and frisk as stop and frisk is definitely a racist act against minorities as it mostly accuses minorities of having drugs when those who have been specifically accused are mostly innocent. Hopefully we can look forward to fixing this racist stop and frisk problem we have.
One line at a time, Tokens.
This would never work in an Op-Ed, Tokens. It’s too stark, sounds prejudiced, and is very unforgiving. But for a Letter to the Editor, it is allowable. LTE writers are expected to be emotional, a little raw, not beholden to academic integrity standards. Don’t get carried away, but this is probably OK for a starter. And don’t make another blanket statement about how corrupt an entire force may be. You’ll want to qualify that.
You’re conflating a couple of things here, Tokens. New York’s “stop and frisk” policy was abandoned years ago. So . . . yes, it’s too late to take actions to stop “stop and frisk.” The remaining question is whether the apology comes too late. Is that what you care about? The apology? The timing of the apology?
Here’s your chance to get specific and craft and innovative reaction. Suppose you object that even though the practice called “stop and frisk” has ended, and even though Mr. Bloomberg wants to offer a late apology for supporting the policy, neither of those things matter as long as prejudicial policing practices continue. If cops still act as if they have “reasonable cause” to stop, detain, question, arrest, charge, try, and convict people of color disproportionately, then it doesn’t matter what the practice is called. It’s just “stop and frisk” by another name.
Professor, may I get feedback on how I could clarify my topic? thank you.