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The Stop-and-Frisk Crisis: How to Criminalize an Entire Generation of Black and Latino Men

Instead of curtailing gun violence in the inner city, stop-and-frisk has only succeeded in marginalizing young males of color.

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I have been deeply moved by white allies who’ve sent email after email, pledging their solidarity in this cause. This is not a black issue, or a Latino issue, or a male issue or a hiphop issue, it is a human issue. And until all of us mobilize -- as sisters and brothers, as a people concerned about the dignity and humanity of each and every one of us -- out-of-touch leaders like Mayor Michael Bloomberg will continue to believe they can defend ugly practices like stop-and-frisk.

Kevin Powell's latest book is "Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays," available at, iTunes or Amazon/Amazon Kindle. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @kevin_powell.