Series of Brooklyn Billboards Put Racial Inequity on Display
Series of Brooklyn Billboards Put Racial Inequity on Display Billboards are everywhere in New York City. They’re on subway trains and in stations, and on top of and inside taxis. But few, if any, have been anything like aseries of anonymous billboardsthat have popped up on bus shelters in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. They’re not selling anything but a declaration: that Canada Goose Online racism Canada Goose Outlet still exists.That’s also the name of the appropriately titled campaign. At least half a dozen billboard sites have sprung up around the neighborhood since August, with canadian goose jacket each month dedicated to highlighting racial disparities that impact canada goose black friday sale Black people in America. So far, the billboards have touched on topics cheap Canada Goose ranging from theentertainment industry,education,fast food,smoking,policing, and Black wealth. Each month’s billboard is also accompanied by canada goose coats on sale andetailed post on Tumblrthat provides background Canada Goose sale information, news Canada Goose Coats On Sale articles, studies, charts, and statistics to back up each claim.A brief statement on theTumblr pagesays, in part, that “RISE is a project designed to illuminate some of the ways Canada Goose Jackets in which racism operates in this country.” But who’s behind the project remains a mystery.For the canada goose clearance sale time being, the project seems dedicated to its anonymity. Both the Tumblr page and the billboards themselves are devoid of any contact canada goose deals information. Similarly, the private advertising company that’s contracted by New York City’s transit agency to host advertisements and billboards Canada Goose online said that it does not give out information about who paid for the advertisements.Even canada goose store local activists who spend their time dedicated to working on racial justice issues can’t figure out who’s behind the billboards. Nonetheless, they’re intrigued by the campaign. This month’s billboard is dedicated to Stop-and-Frisk, the controversial NYPD tactic that’s drawn national criticism for its buy canada goose jacket disproportionate impact on Black and canada goose clearance Latino men. The billboard’s proactive text reads, “Don’t want to get stopped by the NYPD? Stop being Black.” On the heels of New York City’s 2013 mayoral race and theprominent role that critics canada goose of Stop-and-Frisk have takenin city politics, the billboards have become a meaningful part of local discussion.“Bed-Stuy, and Brooklyn in general, is going through a very profound transformation and we gotta put that in context,” says Kali Akuno, an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s New York chapter, referencing the gentrification that’s drastically altered the borough’s demographics over at least the buy canada goose jacket cheap past ten years. “For many of the young yuppies and buppies, they see the police playing a positive role and trying to engage in a race neutral dialogue.“What the billboard is doing is kinda opening up and exploding this myth that [stop-and-frisk] is taking place in a race neutral canada goose coats light — it’s making people confront it in a very real way.”Akuno added, “I applaud canada goose outlet the effort. If the intent was to shake things up, I think they did their job.”It’s no accident that of all of New York City’s neighborhoods, the billboards have targeting this one.A historically Black neighborhood, Bed-Stuy has become one of the canadagooseoutletcanada most contested spaces in New York City. A 2012study from the Fordham Institutefound that Brooklyn is home to Canada Goose Parka 25 of the country’s most rapidly gentrifying zip codes. That’s created a stark contrast between those in canada goose replica the neighborhood who have more upward social and economic mobility than others. Several high profile media accounts have recently noted Bed Stuy’s so-called “hip” transformationand “resurgence”, but the borough’s medium per capita income in 2009 was just $23,000, which was $10,000 below the national average.