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The phrase “Driving While Black” has been used in both the public and private discourse relating to the Racial Profiling of Black motorists.The term rose to prominence in public discourse during the 1990s, in the wake of the War on Drugs, when it was brought to public knowledge that police stations across the country were intentionally targeting racial minorities to curb the trafficking and sale of drugs in the United States.For example, New Jersey released state documents in 2000 which showed police training memos instructing officers to make racial judgments in order to identify “Occupant Identifiers for a possible Drug Courier” on the highway.

The phrase was further magnified after the ruling of Whren v. United States (1996), when the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that police officers may stop any motor vehicle operator if any traffic violation has been observed.The case has been criticized by scholars for allowing too much subjectivity on the part of police officers to use racial bias as a justification for the stop.

Subsequent media coverage of the phrase “Driving While Black” since the 1990s has been expansive and more common.The phrase is often used in anecdotal accounts of racial profiling of motor vehicle operators as well as statistical and legal analyses of racial profiling, a notable example being the case of Tolan v. Cotton.

In 2014 Portland lawyers Melvin Oden-Orr and Marianne Hyland created an app named “Driving While Black” in which users can record police and alert people when they are stopped by police on the road. It also supplies users with information on how to handle a traffic stop, including their legal rights and “best practices” for “how to be safe.”The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a similar app called “Mobile Justice” in which users can record and upload videos to the ACLU office.

The phrase DWB was amplified in the scope of American public discourse through social media mediums in which African Americans can record police encounters and disseminate it to a large audience.’Driving While Black’ was invoked in the media following the recent deaths of Sandra Bland (d. 2015) and Philando Castile (d. 2016), both of whom were African Americans who were pulled over by police while driving.


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Nationwide — USAstreamsTV, a Black-owned company, is using technology to help break barriers that have limited many African Americans from having affordable access to live network channels. USA Today reports that the average cable subscriber spends about $85 a month for cable and more than $100 a month for satellite TV.

USAstreamsTV’s Marketing Director Joseph Scales says, “Technology is always changing and improving. Today many people are looking for ways to save money and cut the cord. The old days of accessing cable TV and digital media through hardwired devices like satellite dishes and bulky cable boxes are being replaced by more cost efficient online applications and easy plug and play devices like Amazons Firestick. This allows the same content to be streamed directly to your TV, phones, tablets and laptops through IPTV also known as (Internet Protocol TV). The software technology we use today allows anyone around the globe to watch live tv through our streaming app as long as they have an internet/WIFI connection.”

Scales mentions that most TV manufactures and TV networks are adapting to the growing demand for live streaming TV by offering their content through various internet based applications, which provide consumers access to the same content whether at home on the go. Their streaming application brings thousands of live HD quality network channels, movies, live sports, pay per view, and international channels directly to subscribers for as little as $10 per month. It is a tremendous cost savings over traditional cable and satellite monthly subscription fees. In addition to the monthly cost savings, customers do not need to be credit approved to start service and there are no long term contracts required. USAstreamsTV also provides a optional FREE 2 day trial for phone, tablet and television users.

Scales says, “It is our hope and vision to bring affordable network tv viewing to every home and community across the globe, while expanding minority participation in the industry through our growing network of service providers.”

About USAstreamsTV.com
USAstreamsTV is an IPTV (Internet Protocal TV) subscriber based hosting service. USA streams 4,000+ live television channels such as BET, OWN, HGTV, CNN, ESPN, Pay Per View, Sports packages, African and Caribbean channels. The Black-owned streaming service is available globally with reseller opportunities available. They are committed to community growth and development and is a proud supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association and HBCUs.

To subscribe to the service or learn more about USAstreamsTV, visit www.USAstreamsTV.com or call 888-258-8566.

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