In his interview, he talks about the "significance of race in the country's evolution from the War on Drugs to the current focus on treating addiction."
August 13, 2013 - Professor Ekow Yankah has been cited in Judge Shira Scheindlin's ruling that the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk tactics are unconstitutional. The Judge cited a portion of his op-ed in the New York Times on July 16:
"What is reasonable to do, especially in the dark of night, is defined by
preconceived social roles that paint young black men as potential criminals
and predators. Black men, the narrative dictates, are dangerous, to be
watched and put down at the first false move. This pain is one all black men
know; putting away the tie you wear to the office means peeling off the
assumption that you are owed equal respect. Mr. Martin’s hoodie struck the
deepest chord because we know that daring to wear jeans and a hooded
sweatshirt too often means that the police or other citizens are judged to be
reasonable in fearing you."