Nobody is sleeping on the streets.
something New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg actually said.
Apparently the thousands of NYC children & adults who live on the streets every day don’t exist. I do outreach & advocacy for homeless youth in all five boroughs & obviously, this statement is 100 percent false, degrading, deceitful & shameful. I see young people trying to find shelter in train stations, alley ways, bus stops, parks & anywhere they can find refuge from the cold weather.
There are 22,000 homeless children in NYC alone, & more than 4,000 youth who sleep on the streets each night. NYC shelters provide only 250 beds. Not only do these shelters rarely have vacancy & are difficult to get into, especially for a young person, they are also dangerous & unsanitary.
Homelessness in New York City (& elsewhere) is a huge fucking problem. In mostly neighborhoods of color, the system de-funds their schools, pushes out their small businesses & affordable housing with skyrocketing rent to fulfill an agenda of gentrification & exploits low-wage workers, eventually forcing people into illegal economies, such as selling drugs & sex work, & eventually onto the streets.
Fuck you, $$$$$Michael Bloomberg$$$$$
I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they’re saying. I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on NYPD’s Stop & Frisk program.
LOL, okay. Some stats:
- From 2002 to 2011, black and Latino residents made up close to 90 percent of people stopped.
- About 88 percent of stops – more than 3.8 million – were of innocent New Yorkers.
- Even in neighborhoods that are predominantly white, black and Latino New Yorkers face the disproportionate brunt. For example, in 2011, Black and Latino New Yorkers made up 24 percent of the population in Park Slope, but 79 percent of stops.
- In 2012, New Yorkers were stopped by the police 532,911 times
- 473,644 were totally innocent (89 percent).
- 284,229 were black (55 percent).
- 165,140 were Latino (32 percent).
- 50,366 were white (10 percent).