Stop the Racist Targeting and Deportation of Titus Ngari: A Petition
Kareem A. Dieng
It is all far too easy to project. In a system that is failing our natural born citizens, teens and young adults full of "potential" and backed by the privilege of citizenship, the path set for an immigrant in this country is daunting. In the seventh grade at Milford Middle School in New Hampshire, I turned around from posting some colorful letter cut outs on the bulletin board after English class with Mr. Sonia. In came Titus Ngari, escorted by our school principal to introduce Titus and Mr. Sonia. Being multi-racial myself (1st generation American of Senegalese and German descent) and having to learn in a community void of diversity, I immediately aligned with this new kid and we became truly close friends.
The New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights refers to the Spring 2013, Issue 149 Intelligence Report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center which identifies the following groups in New Hampshire: "The Empire Knights of the Ku-Klux-Klan, with their headquarters in Dover, as well as a statewide Neo-Nazi group operating under the name of National Socialist Movement." *1 ("Intelligence Report" Iss. 149)
In the wake of the Boston Bombings, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has cracked down on all immigrants and has begun deporting people with one swoop of the broad sword without considering cases on an individual basis. We were all shocked the by decision to detain Titus into custody and deport him. Despite countless character references and support from upstanding community members, He was wrongfully accused of a crime and forced into the New Hampshire State Prison System. Titus was targeted and became the victim of a racist system bent on funneling minorities into the prison system at an abhorrent rate.
"...Since the early 1970s the prison and jail population in the United States has increased at an unprecedented rate. The more than 500% rise in the number of people incarcerated in the nation’s prisons...African Americans, who now constitute 900,000 of the total 2.2 million incarcerated population. The exponential increase in the use of incarceration has had modest success at best in producing public safety, while contributing to family disruption and the weakening of informal social controls in many African American communities. Overall, data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics document that one in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001." *2 (Incarceration and Crime: A Complex Relationship, 2007)
Titus has been striving to support his family while working 50+ hours a week as a rising star at Johnson Precision, an engineering business in Hudson. He and his loving wife are fostering a deep bond and working together as strong role models to their son Jeremiah. Titus has been a positive contributing member of society. He is a model for overcoming the odds and aspiring toward good. He is by no means a threat to "Homeland Security" therefore he should not be the target of United States security forces. In times of apartheid, genocide and political unrest, do we as Americans wish to stand for, or against injustice? Will we be on the side of solidarity and strength of humanity, or will we be on the side of discrimination, prejudice, and racism?
By signing this document of petition you are helping us keep this family together. Sign this petition to reverse the Government's decision to deport our friend and fellow human Titus Ngari. Our rights must be constantly sought after and protected. As a community, we cannot stand for these kinds of injustices any longer!
“Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.” *3 (Davis)
*1 United States. New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights. Intelligence Report. Southern Poverty Law Center, 2013. Print. < http://www.nh.gov/hrc/>.
*2 Ryan S. King, Marc Mauer, and Malcolm C. Young, Incarceration and Crime: A Complex Relationship, The Sentencing Project, 2007. <http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/rd_stateratesofincbyraceandethnicity.pdf>.
*3 Davis, Andela. Interview by Jennifer Byrne. "Interview with Angela Davis." Angela's Blog. 25 05 1999. 05 . Web. 10 May 2013. http://www.myspace.com/26681278/blog/47443330.