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Watch NYPD Frisk Man In Muslim Dress -- Moments After Letting Him Walk By In Western Clothes [TW: Islamophobia]

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Two New York vloggers offered YouTube a small glimpse into the ugly world of racial profiling.

Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar said they were trying to film a video for their Youtube channel when they noticed that they were being followed by the police. The pair thought it was because they were wearing cultural clothing.

To prove their point, they decided to conduct a social experiment.

Wearing jeans and t-shirts, Saleh and Akbar got into a loud argument in front of a police officer on a street corner. Although they got quite physical — shoving each other at times — the officer didn’t make a move.

About 20 minutes later, the pair walked in front of the officer again. This time, they were wearing keffiyeh scarves and traditional long shirts, called abayas. The argument was mainly verbal, but the officer took notice immediately.

“Why are you dressed like this?” the cop asks, before forcing the two against a wall and searching them for weapons.

Saleh says the video was recorded in one take.

“What you just saw is what we always go through when we’re filming with our cultural clothing on,” Saleh said in the video.

“We just want to make racial profiling come to an end,” he continued.

An NYPD spokesperson told the Huffington Post that “the video is under internal review.”

Last year, a U.S. district judge ordered sweeping reforms to the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk initiative, ruling that the practice has resulted in discrimination against minorities. Although the number of stops has declined significantly since the trial, Saleh and Akbar’s Muslim clothing made them more likely to get the officer’s attention.

The NYPD has subjected New York’s Muslim communities to intense scrutiny and surveillance ever since the September 11 attacks, using “mosque crawlers” to monitor sermons and infiltrating Muslim student groups. The methods sparked widespread criticism from civil rights groups.

In April, the NYPD shuttered the police unit that created databases about Muslim communities and kept logs of where people prayed and shopped. But the police force has defended its continued use of informants to gather information about terror threats.

During his campaign, Mayor Bill de Blasio had promised that he would order a full review of surveillance activity against the Muslim community. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab-American Association of New York, has said she hoped for a more forceful message from de Blasio’s administration.

After watching Saleh and Akbar’s video, Sarsour told the Huffington Post:

"If this is true, this further illustrates the point that the NYPD targets and profiles communities of color. In New York City, we should be able to walk down the street wearing our ethnic, religious clothing without fear of harassment."

Source: Carol Kuruvilla for The Huffington Post

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comedycentral:

Click here for more of Jon Stewart’s coverage of the recent House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing.

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jugwine:

*rubs hands together* so how much caffeine am I going to dump into my garbage body today

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supernatural-tardis:

i had a crush on this guy and i decided to pull a Pavlov on him by offering him whenever i saw him  this brand of candy he seemed to really like and after a while whenever he saw me he got excited for a second then you could see his expression shift to wondering the why the hell was he so happy to see me and i swear it was the evilest thing but also the most hilarious i made a guy like me by conditioning him into associating me to a candy he liked

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