Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NYPD Arrested Black Teen for Buying $350 Belt

A young black man is suing both the NYPD and Barneys for wondering how in the world he could afford a $350 product, then harassing and arresting him. Trayon Christian, who was 18 at the time, bought a Ferragamo belt he'd been wanting from the department store after receiving a paycheck from his work-study job. "I wanted to go to Fifth Avenue, I knew exactly what I wanted," he told the Daily News. But on his way out, he was handcuffed. Two undercover detectives accused Christian of using a forged debit card after being alerted by the salesperson. Even after Christian showed identification, he was taken to the police station and held for two hours before being released with an apology.  Really?? This is what America has stooped to and become.

The video below shows just how this country of America is still divided strictly on the bases of race. Since when in the hell does a retail salesperson have the authority and audacity to call the police of an unsuspecting individual buying an expensive  article of clothing?

By the way, the female commentator, in my humble opinion, proved she is just as racist as the sales associate who called the police by trying to judge a young African American male about his decision to buy a belt for $350 at Barney’s. The young man worked legally for his money and can spend it anyway he chooses. Anyone who earns their wages legally can spend their own hard-earned money on whatever they want! That’s not the argument. I’m pretty sure the female commentator has spent well over $350 on a purse or a pair of high heel shoes or a dress or on some other article of clothing. Certain people always try to switch the argument around to something else when they are in the wrong. Insolent Politics.

Racism in this country of America has to be dealt with because the country has already fallen. Not fallen in a sense of war torn areas that are physically bombed and destroyed but in a sense that there are no more morals and values that the children can look up to and follow in a positive manner. The economy has crashed several times and the value of the dollar is steadily declining. 
We live in a country and a society where the criminal justice system treat groups of people differently based on race and punishes them unequally which has a negative impact in that same society.

In a recent article in the Huffington Post there was an article written by former Attorney General Eric Holder, www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/17/eric-holder-racism-speech, which says that systemic subtle racism is much more damaging than public rants. “Racist rants are much less of a threat to equality than the more subtle, everyday racism of the criminal justice system,” Eric Holder said at a commencement speech at Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore.

He goes on to further say, For instance, in our criminal justice system, systemic and unwarranted racial disparities remain disturbingly common. One study released last year by the U.S. Sentencing Commission indicated that in recent years, African-American men have received sentences that are nearly 20 percent longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes. Another report showed that American Indians are often sentenced even more harshly. The Justice Department is examining these and other disparities as we speak and taking a variety of steps to ensure fair sentences that match the conduct at issue in individual cases. Like a growing chorus of lawmakers across the political spectrum, we recognize that disparate outcomes are not only shameful and unacceptable -- they impede our ability to see that justice is done. And they perpetuate cycles of poverty, crime, and incarceration that trap individuals, destroy communities and decimate minority neighborhoods.” Insolent Politics.

Sources: HuffingtonPost.com,  TYT Network, Associated Press