Whether or not you’re familiar with the term “driving while Black,” unfortunately many of us not only do but have personal experiences of racially motivated run-ins with police while on the road.
Over in Chicago, data taken from the Illinois Traffic and Pedestrian Stop Study suggests that Black drivers are actually seven times more likely to get stopped by police compared to what White people experience.
To put that number into better perspective, the report showed that Chicago police stopped more than 204,000 Black drivers in 2020. A little over 35,000 white drivers got the same treatment.
Here’s a quick analysis by Block Club Chicago that seems to pinpoint when the issue first started becoming a problem in Chi-Town:
“The surge in traffic stops began around 2015. That year, there were about 85,000 traffic stops by Chicago police, records show. But in 2019, the volume of traffic stops in the city swelled to nearly 600,000.
The most recent report, for 2020, shows the number of traffic stops fell to 327,224, likely since fewer drivers were on the roads due to the pandemic.
‘But the racial disparities are still there,’ [Rachel] Murphy said.
Each year since the study began, around seven times more Black Chicagoans are stopped by the police than white Chicagoans, the data shows. That rate has been consistent as the total number of stops has exploded since 2015, and the racial disparity remained even when the total number of stops fell in 2020.
Latino drivers were stopped at three times the rate of white drivers, the data shows.”
Adding insult to injury, most of these stops are reportedly not even with true merit. The data reveals that no citations were warranted in more than 90 percent of those traffic stops in 2020. Those who are lucky enough to be let go without issue never really get a sense of justice either, as the officer doesn’t get reprimanded and a sense that it could happen again looms over the experience of driving overall.
While this isn’t an issue limited to Chicagoans in the least bit, what do you think can be done to start change over there? Sound off with your thoughts!
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When @chicagosmayor says “our residents” need to feel safe, she has very specific residents in mind: wealthy, white residents in Gold Coast where stores were looted, not Black and brown residents in Englewood, where police shot a man yesterday. #ChicagoRiots #DefundCPD https://t.co/l36dDNGdgn— Madeleine (@madeleinedupre) August 10, 2020
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Humans Beings are our most vital resources, our main goal should be that people are living long lives with basic resources that spread equally of food,housing & education.— disco ric (@RicWilson) August 10, 2020
So with that being said fuck a building & fuck a corporation until these demands are met. #ChicagoRiots
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They’re doing that thing again where they show footage of the #ChicagoRiots and say, “This is what things will look like in Biden’s America,” expecting people not to realize that it’s what things look like in Trump’s America. I feel like people don’t understand how time works.— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 10, 2020
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“Riots are the language of the unheard “ - Martin Luther King Jr.— Matthew Greene #MedicareForAll (@MattCGreene) August 10, 2020
A lot of people today are more concerned about rioting then black men and woman being killed by the police. Fuck them.#ChicagoRiots
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Looting an iPhone might be against the law, but it’s nowhere near the level of lawlessness or bad behavior of the police, for example. So in any case, i would not even deign to condemn any of it, as long as protests aren’t SPECIFICALLY about robbing little stores.— GMG (@GforGinormous) August 10, 2020
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.@chicagosmayor is about to hold a press conference about #ChicagoRiots. After the last uprising & dozens of children being shot, unemployment & #Covid_19 cases rising in Black & Brown communities, she’s made no moves to #DefundCPD & invest in our hoods!https://t.co/uNiUxJdkT9— GoodKidsMadCity (@GKMC18) August 10, 2020
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as long as there are laws, there will be criminals.— nate of darkness 😈 (@nosex_nosex) August 10, 2020
there will be thieves as long as there is property.
the economy is a violence that the police enforce and interventions like rioting and looting are self-defense.
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLICE #ChicagoRiots
Are Black Drivers In Chicago Pulled Over By Police 7 Times More Than White People? was originally published on blackamericaweb.com