But buried down in a New York Times article is a startling bit of reporting from York College [photo].
We'd like to think it was actually an error; but the reporter is a first-rate one and, as far as we know, there have been no corrections or retractions.
Far down in a story about how New York City Police have been polishing their image, the reporter (Michael Powell) says that 22 of 23 black males interviewed over a two-year span at York College (which is in Jamaica, Queens) say they were stopped by police, "often more than half a dozen times."
It occurs to us that, if indeed this is true, the front part of the story should have been about precisely that: that so many young black males, even those attending college, are undergoing that humiliation.
The headline for the Times piece was "Police Polish Image, but Concerns Persist."
Maybe the focus should have been otherwise, something like "Concerns about Stops and Frisks Persist, Though Police Try to Polish Image."