The New York Times put New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the hot seat, accusing him of stacking his administration’s summer internships with wealthy, white relatives of City Hall insiders. As a result, those on the path toward shaping city policy are overwhelmingly homogeneous. 

According to the Times, this is a symptom of a larger problem in New York – minorities are far more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites. This is due, in large part, to the stop-and-frisk policy of the NYPD backed by Bloomberg.

Mayor Bloomberg himself has admitted to smoking marijuana, but only 20 people for every 100,000 residents of his neighborhood – the Upper East Side of Manhattan – were arrested on pot charges over the last three years. That neighborhood is primarily white.

The Times compares those numbers to the arrest rate in Brownsville, Brooklyn where 3,109 people were arrested on pot charges for every 100,000 residents over the same time period. Brownsville residents were 150 times more likely to get arrested on marijuana charges. Brownsville residents are overwhelmingly nonwhite.

The top ten precincts for pot arrests were in neighborhoods where the population is generally 90 percent or more nonwhite.

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