NYC Stop and Frisk and Racial Profiling

by David Park Rooted in the idea of liberty and the sanctity of personal property/effect, the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects individuals from unlawful search and seizure unless a warrant is issued upon a finding of probable cause that the object of the search will be found.  A 1968 decision by the…

Mourning Mandela—An Imperfect Tribute

 by Lauren Sparks Nelson Mandela’s funeral was today.  These words are impossible and, yet, true.  The world mourns its premier symbol of reconciliation, its valiant champion of freedom.  Newspapers hurry to print tributes, celebrities and politicians offer press releases chronicling their sorrow, and when news of his death first broke, the patrons in a small…

The Mixed-Race Marriage of Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray

by Harris Davidson On November 5, Bill de Blasio, New York City’s public advocate, was elected Mayor of New York City. De Blasio’s victory had been all but assured since he prevailed in the highly contested Democratic August primary. New York City voters, dissatisfied with the perceived shortcomings of the Bloomberg administration, voted into office…