“ROTC provides officers to the Army from a diverse mix of more than 1,200 colleges and universities. The addition of CUNY campuses will provide the Army’s officer corps urban experience and could contribute significantly to the racial, ethnic and geographic diversity that makes our Army strong.”
— Maj. General Jeff Smith, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, in a May 2013 press release trumpeting the headquartering of CUNY’s ROTC program at City College.
2:40 pm • 9 November 2013
“By overlooking institutions like CUNY—among the top producers of African American baccalaureates—the military is not accessing minority officers fully reflective of the population. This absence might account, in part, for the lack of black officers in the top leadership ranks.”
— Same AEI report.
2:19 pm • 9 November 2013
“The twenty-first-century security environment requires a new breed of officer—one who is innovative, creative, and versatile. However, knowledge and skills take time to develop. If the military intends to grow its cadre of warrior-scholars, it will need to look outward—to the next generation of military officers.”
— Same AEI report.
2:17 pm • 9 November 2013
“The absence of ROTC units on urban campuses, especially in the Northeast, prevents the military from taking full advantage of their large, ethnically diverse populations. This is particularly true in the case of the City University of New York (CUNY), the third-largest public university system in the country and the alma mater of nearly half of New York City’s college population. Yet today there is not a single ROTC program at any CUNY school.”
— More from the AEI report mentioned below. Since this report was published in 2011, there are now ROTC programs at three CUNY campuses, headquartered at City College, the current site of both an immense security crackdown and immense resistance.
2:15 pm • 9 November 2013
“The New York City ROTC has had a remarkable—and rocky—history. Once the home of some of the largest and oldest ROTC programs in the country, the city still has much to offer today’s military. With its diverse and growing population, the city can help supply the cultural competency and language skills the military needs to fulfill its many and varied global responsibilities. By expanding its reach, the military can ease the enormous pressures on the service men and women currently in the field and reconnect to wider American society. Finally, returning the ROTC to New York City would restore a proud tradition of military service.”
— From the right-wing American Enterprise Institute’s 2011 report on the neoliberal multicultural resources of New York City students for the military.
2:03 pm • 9 November 2013 • 1 note
“The City-Hall, the best architectural work in the State, and built to last for centuries, does not at this time afford facilities for one-third the business for which it was intended. The present Post-Office, expensively fitted up some ten years ago, no longer answers its purpose, and a new one of twice its capacity is imperatively demanded. The Custom-House, expressly designed for permanence and constructed to that end at enormous expense less than twenty years ago, is not half large enough to accommodate the present commerce of the city.”
— From Olmsted’s ‘Description of a Plan for the Improvement of the Central Park, “Greensward,”’ 1858.
3:18 pm • 6 November 2013
flawedallure asked: I really appreciate this Tumblr. Thank you.
Thank you so much for saying that! Really chuffed me.
12:41 pm • 11 September 2013
“Once upon a time, it was generally understood that the police could not stop and search someone without a warrant unless there was probable cause to believe that the individual was engaged in criminal activity. That was a basic Fourth Amendment principle. In ‘Terry v. Ohio,’ decided in 1968, the Supreme Court modified that understanding, but only modestly, by ruling that if and when a police officer observes unusual conduct by someone the officer reasonably believes to be dangerous and engaged in criminal activity, the officer is ‘entitled for the protection of himself and others in the area’ to conduct a limited search ‘to discover weapons that might be used against the officer.’ Known as the stop-and-frisk rule, the ‘Terry’ decision stands for the proposition that, so long as a police officer has ‘reasonable articulable suspicion’ that someone is engaged in criminal activity *and* dangerous, it is constitutionally permissible to stop, question, and frisk him or her—even in the absence of probable cause.”
— Michelle Alexander, ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.’ A measure of how distorted the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” practice is, which considers every male in certain neighborhoods—namely in the south Bronx and central Brooklyn, as Bloomie has put it—”dangerous” with no cause at all.
2:19 pm • 8 September 2013 • 3 notes
lazz |>>>>: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
a zine on digital failure and attachment
In 1969 Herbert Marcuse wrote that technical advancement held the key to an alternative individual and collective consciousness, asserting that once technical capacity reached a certain threshold our drives and…
6:12 pm • 1 September 2013 • 61 notes
“Regardless of complexity, speakers of black languages have historically been and continue to be maligned in the classroom and wider society–that is, marked primarily in the context of cultural, educational, and sociolinguistic models of deficit. From that point of view, it is the speaker who lacks the intelligence, skill, capital, and credibility to be effective. Not that the listener has either failed or refused to listen to what was being said.”
Kevin A. Browne, “Rhetoric and the Stoning of Rachel Jeantel” (via stopandfriskdesist)
I resume teaching at CUNY today, the first course in the two-part introductory composition sequence at Lehman College. The course is loosely organized around stop-and-frisk and racial profiling, and I created an accompanying Tumblr that serves as a compendium of information. Our first reading is the above.
(Source: kevinbrownephd.com, via stopandfriskdesist)
11:06 am • 28 August 2013 • 12 notes