President Obama’s potential nomination of Ray Kelly to DHS secretary

Chris Hayes, opining about how President Obama could nominate New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly given his impromptu, rather personal speech today about the Trayvon Martin case.

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.


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