Pretty hard to see how POTUS nominates Ray Kelly to DHS after that speech.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 19, 2013
The President has said Kelly would be well-qualified for the position. He also said, in the speech today, that Trayvon Martin could have been him thirty-five years ago. As Hayes’ Tweet indicates, something is afoul here about these two sentiments…
As columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates notes, Kelly is the “proprietor of the largest local racial profiling operation in the country.”
New York City’s stop-and-frisk program notoriously targets predominantly Black and Latino men.
And it gets even worse. As Coates says:
The dragnet tactics don’t taper at the borders of black and brown communities. If anything, they expand. Last year, The Associated Press reported that the N.Y.P.D. has organized a network of agents and informants strictly for the purpose of spying on Muslim communities.
Hopefully, the potential nomination of Ray Kelly does not go through. I just don’t see how Obama could faithfully square that away with his supposed disdain for racial profiling.