by STEVEN THRASHER, The Village Voice
The reminder of police brutality couldn't be clearer, the timing couldn't be more creepy: as many New Yorkers prepare to join the NAACP's Silent March to End Stop and Frisk, Rodney King was declared dead.
Today's march is against stop and frisk, but it's also against police profiling. Trayvon Martin's father (who joined Ramarley Graham's father in a pre-march event last night) and Rodney King can attest that, harsh as stop and frisk may seem, New York City does not have a monopoly on police profiling. It's a national, generations long issue.
[Profiling is just another form of disenfranchisement. Would you expect these men and boys to be voters? We will not be whole as a nation until all people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. -jkl]