Are You Surprised? 1 in 6 Blacks Arrested For Marijuana in Schenectady County
I'm not sure how many studies or actually listening to black people to know that racism, prejudice, and white supremacy is very real. In another study, which states the obvious, 1 in 6 Black People in Schenectady are arrested over marijuana.
The New York Civil Liberties Union says Blacks in Schenectady County are 74 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana-related offenses than whites, the highest disparity in the New York State. The study represents an 18-year period of low-level marijuana offenses.
The Schenectady County Sheriff's Office did not respond for comment.
According to News 10, The Schenectady Police Department sent this statement:
“While these statistics are county-wide, we acknowledge the message it portrays to our community. High crime areas do receive more attention, and while policing those areas, arrests are made. We are committed to continuously reviewing these measures and will work tirelessly to enforce all laws on an equal basis.”
Marijuana offenses aren't even prosecuted in Albany County, and with talks of the Governor legalizing marijuana this year, it seems ridiculous to still adamantly arrest and prosecute people over something that is legal in many states. I'm pretty sure marijuana wasn't the only crime blacks have been targeted for in Schenectady. Men lie, women lie, numbers don't, people use marijuana evenly regardless of race why are only blacks in Schenectady being targeted? This study was conducted over 18 years hopefully the next 18 years produce results in race relations in Schenectady County.