On Father's Day, forty thousand people marched in silence down Fifth Avenue in New York City to protest the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy, which has been shown to lead to racial profiling.
The original silent march was organized by the NAACP in 1917 to protest segregation and lynching, and this march drew from that tradition. Recent data obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union shows that in 2011, police conducted 685,724 stops, nearly ninety percent of whom were black or Latino, and nearly ninety percent of whom were completely innocent. One of the most staggering statistic shows that more young black men were stopped than the total number of young black men in the entire city.
The NYPD's surveillance of Muslim communities has also been increasingly exposed over the past year, revealing that NYPD officers have conducted unwarranted surveillance of Muslim communities and student groups all across the northeast.
The organizations represented at the march were extremely diverse, showing the broad opposition to the NYPD's racial profiling, as well as the diverse communities affected by racial profiling. In addition to the civil rights and civil liberties organizations, there were community groups representing Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faith-based groups, LGBTQ communities, teachers, unions, cop watch programs, youth, and organizations working with Asian, South Asian, Latino, African American, black immigrants, and more.
RWG was proud to be part of the march, and the ongoing campaign against racial profiling in New York and across the country.