Prescience

As many as 14 armed Orange County deputies, including narcotics agents, stormed Strictly Skillz barbershop during business hours on a Saturday in August, handcuffing barbers in front of customers during a busy back-to-school weekend.

It was just one of a series of unprecedented raid-style inspections the Orange County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted with a state regulating agency, targeting several predominantly black- and Hispanic-owned barbershops in the Pine Hills area.

As many as 14 armed Orange County deputies, including narcotics agents, stormed Strictly Skillz barbershop during business hours on a Saturday in August, handcuffing barbers in front of customers during a busy back-to-school weekend.
It was just one of a series of unprecedented raid-style inspections the Orange County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted with a state regulating agency, targeting several predominantly black- and Hispanic-owned barbershops in the Pine Hills area.

It’s funny how I knew the bold part before I even got there.

It’s simple.  These are BS, warrantless, causeless drug raids.  And they don’t pull that crap in white neighborhoods.  Some white narc somewhere heard Paul Mooney joke about people selling drugs out of barbershops on Chapelle’s Show, and decided that this would be brilliant.

Instead, it’s just disgusting.  You want to unemploy the last few racists with good jobs in this country?  Fire all the cops.

6 Comments

  1. mexigogue says:

    I’m glad you brought this up. The thing that is hard to explain to people is that race profiling like this is unjust even a percentage of those who are shook down are guilty and it goes beyond the invasion of privacy on innocent members of these communities. Let us say, for the sake of argument, that people of color are three times more likely to be stopped and searched by police than white people (this is not a statistic I’m just making up but I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t close to accurate). Profiling like this is unjust even if some guilty people are snagged because it contributes to the disparity in crime statistics between whites and nonwhites which of course appears to provide the justification for more race profiling. The drug statistics are a case in point. I’m willing to buy the idea that economic status contributes to a disparity of drug use among populations but if the drug conviction stats between white and black are drastically different even after you control for income then something else must be at play. The flip side of this is that if the drug war were actually such a good thing then white people would be complaining that the black community gets all the police attention (read “help”) but since that doesn’t happen I think there is something wrong with the drug war.

  2. American society seems to be becoming increasingly Xenophobic. Across the entire political spectrum, the one thing that seems to remain constant is people for some reason can’t just stand the idea that there’s people out there who aren’t like them. They’re scared and love using the state to harass anyone they see as “the outsider”.

  3. Phelps says:

    I don’t think the nature of Americans is changing. The only thing that is changing is that they now have more avenues to express that fear/lashing out through state-sanctioned violence now.

    Which is why even though we disagree on direction we should go as a people, we both agree that having the state stick guns in people’s faces isn’t the way we should reach either ideal.

  4. R says:

    Look, at least they got all those unlicensed barbers off the street.

  5. Kristin says:

    To Phelps’s point (and I am loathe to agree with him at any point) the drug war is America’s last great bastion of racism.

    BTW, no post on Wade?

  6. Phelps says:

    Nah, but I could have told him, “don’t get on Jerry’s plane, Wade! It’s a trap!”