The report looked at the "stop and frisk" procedures of the New York City Police Department, in which city cops detain hundreds of thousands of pedestrians a year without cause and, without consent or court-permission, search their pockets. As it turns out, this seemingly-random shakedown policy nabbed mostly people of color, with 87% of post-search arrests targeting blacks and latinos.
Even though pot use rates are similar among all races, black skin will put you at four times greater risk for a marijuana arrest in New York City, the report shows. That is, more or less, the story across America, where pot prohibition is enforced against black people to a much greater degree than their white cannabis-consuming counterparts.
Because of the inherent racism of the U.S. drug war, which is primarily fueled by hundreds of thousands of annual pot arrests, the NAACP has taken a lead in reforming U.S. drug policy. Most recently, the group endorsed federal legislation to call a truce in states that have legalized marijuana.