“And they makin’ technology to try and screw niggas”- -Styles P.
It looks as if racial profiling will be going high tech. The New York City Police Department is developing van mounted body scanners to detect weapons on the street. So indirectly, the Department of Defense will be working with city law enforcement to prevent crime. Or will it just create more of a cloud of harassment? As if the policy of stop and frisk isn’t bad enough. Soon, the NYPD, which is known for abusing its power, and overpolicing Black and Latino neighborhoods will have an additional tool in its arsenal.
Lets not pretend that this technology will be used evenly. It will be applied particularly towards those who are already singled out for abuse and harassment. New technology on its own doesn’t change social relations, they can often act to reinforce them. Its about to be Total Recall for real in the hood.
Marc W. Polite