The Escalating Racial Problem
by ryan_pacheco on November 7, 2016 - 9:49pm
Everybody knows that racism is still a very important and prominent issue in our society. Everyday, people of color or other ethnicities not white are mistreated by law enforcement for no apparent reason. Other than the color of their skin, the law enforcement mainly rely on the situational and community factors when contemplating if nonlethal force is needed or not to apprehend a suspect. This is a very important topic because all citizens should be treated equally by law enforcement no matter what race or community they may come from.
A research article from Taylor and Francis Online entitled, “Police Use of Nonlethal Force in New York City: Situational and Community Factors” focuses on that exact issue. After the abstract and introduction, the article introduces the concepts behind the situational factors behind police interaction with suspects. Earlier studies are explained and it is found that, “A white suspect in a predominantly black community may generate a different impression to a responding officer than it would be for the same person in a predominantly white community.” In addition to that, men are much more likely to experience use of force of any kind over women along with younger suspects compared to older (Lee, 2014, pg. 877).
The article later expands on the community factors when law enforcement come in contact with individuals. Right off the bat, “Specifically, police officers were more likely to employ coercive authority against suspects confronted in predominantly non-white and racially mixed areas.” In further examination, blacks are the most likely to be considered suspects to responding officers at 56.1%, 31.8% Hispanics, and only 12.1% whites (Lee, 2014, pg. 880).
Racial bias and stereotyping is one of the biggest social issues that still stands in the U.S. today. However, a solution to it may be farther than we hope. Until the public and city officials realize how bad it actually is a change is not likely to happen. It is only fair to expect public demonstrations in the future when a racial problem rises. Hopefully we will understand the facts and make a change sooner rather than later.
Lee, J. (2014, December 15). Police Use of Nonlethal Force in New York City: Situational and Community Factors. An International Journal of Research and Policy, 26(8), 875-888. Retrieved November 3, 2016, from http://www-tandfonline-com.uri.idm.oclc.org/doi/full/10.1080/10439463.20....