Judging What We Don’t Know: The Intangible Value of Status Symbols

If you, like Errol Louis, have trouble comprehending the logic behind a “not-filthy-rich” person buying a $2,500 purse because you would never want that yourself, I’ll put it into language you can understand.

Arrest Quotas and Racial Profiling at Luxury Stores

New York state’s attorney general is launching an investigation into Macy’s and Barney’s after news reports revealed that blacks and other minorities were routinely being stopped by police after purchasing luxury items.

The Daily News reports that one of the reasons why this kind of racial profiling has been happening is because Macy’s may have a quota of “five arrests per week” and an “internal race code system.”

Racially Profiled While Shopping at Barneys

Maybe Taxis Won’t Not Stop Now

Stacy-Marie Ishmael talks to WNYC New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi about apps that hail cabs for you in NYC and why, despite slow growth and popularity, they are very promising for minority communities, specifically, as Ms Ismael says, “brown people”: “It takes away the possibility that you’re not going to want to take me somewhere because you think I live in the outer boroughs or you’re discriminating on the basis that you think I’m going to rob you, or you think I’m going to be committing some random act of vandalism based on your profile of me.”

“Frisky Business”