Known to have ruffled a few feathers in the past for speaking his mind, New York emcee Talib Kweli recently sat down with MSNBC to share his views on “Stop-and-Frisk,” which was newly ruled unconstitutional.
Along with Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, Talib talked in depth about the policy that gave NYPD rights to stop and frisk tens of thousands of pedestrians, of which a vast majority were African-American or Latino men.
Talking on a constitutional level, we have certain rights. By accepting stop-and-frisk as a policy, you’re telling people that because you live in a poor neighborhood it’s your fault and you deserve to be criminalized. And that’s not constitutional.
Earlier, when asked if Talib had ever, first hand, experienced stop and frisk, the Prisoner of Conscious rapper responded, saying:
Oh yea, I’ve experienced stop-and-frisk all over the world. In New York City, in Japan, last month… it’s hard for people who don’t go through it, and don’t live in the neighborhoods where it’s happening, to understand how degrading it feels.
Check out the complete video segment with Talib Kweli, up top.