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Questlove on Police Racial Profiling, Stop & Frisk, the Message He Took From Trayvon Martin Verdict

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Published on Aug 14, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org - On the heels of this week's historic ruling declaring the "stop-and-frisk" tactics of the New York City Police Department unconstitutional, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots joins us to talk about his own experiences being racially profiled by police. Questlove describes the first time he was harassed by police, as a young teenager in Philadelphia on his way to Bible study, to the most recent: being pulled over in his car by the NYPD two weeks ago, despite being one of the most acclaimed artists in hip-hop. He also discusses the message he took away as an African-American male from the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin: "You're guilty no matter what, and you just now have to figure out a way to make everyone feel safe and everyone feel comfortable, even if it's at the expense of your own soul."

See the full interview with Ahmir "Questlove" Thomson here: www.democracynow.org/appearances/ah...tlove_thompson

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