Texas Megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes blamed racial profiling for the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, saying America is far from being a post-racial society and that racial profiling is putting black men “on the endangered list,” in a blog published on Huffington Post.com.
In the essay posted Tuesday morning, Jakes wrote “We are a far cry from the post-racial, peace and love society envisioned by ’60s idealists or the melting pot that our forefathers portended.”
He argued that cities like Ferguson are still being governed with race-related tactics such racial profiling.
“Although legislation was put forth to end this heinous exercise, the state of Missouri’s own 2013 statistics show the disproportionate execution of ‘just-us’ Ferguson-style: Of the 5,384 police stops, 686 were white, while 4,632 were black. Of 611 searches, 47 were white, 562 were black. Of 521 arrests, 36 were white, 483 were black,” he wrote.
He also noted that “According to U.S. News and World Report, African-Americans in Ferguson, are not only stopped more often, they are also searched and arrested more than whites, even though the data show that whites are more likely to be caught with contraband if searched. In short, whites were stopped for actual suspicious behavior, whereas black were routinely stopped for racially motivated reasons.
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