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.

 

 

Citations

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....

Comments

I was drawn to you post because it covers an important social problem that individuals face every single day. The issues of racial as well as gender inequality exists especially in law enforcement and police officers. Due to further stereotypical ideologies and bias attitudes, individuals from the visible minority groups are suffering. Although I was already aware of this issue, I was still shocked to see the percentages found in the research study proving the argument being raised. Its sad to say that while this continues, it cannot be changed because it is something so engraved in society, it has unintentionally become a "norm" within our society. I agree with the points raised in your post and I do also hope that this problem can be changed. It all starts with acknowledgement of the issue and whom it is affecting.
The content of this post made me think about a topic that was previously covered in class. My teacher showed the class an interesting TED talk called "Problems with Race Based Medicine" by Dorothy Roberts which spoke about how Physicians and Doctors use racial stereotypes as a short cut to treat non-white patients. It is upsetting to learn that individuals are not being treated properly by doctors due to the color of their skin. As a result, doctors are using social grouping, something unscientifically proven to treat patients. This is promoting poor science and demonstrates a false view of humanity as a whole.
The examples in this post have motivated me to read more upon this topic. Fill free to watch the video that I have provided if you have further interests on this topic as well.

I was tempted to read more on your post because it is a topic that many of my surroundings and a big chunk of the worlds population have to face on a daily basis. I was aware of this issue before reading your post, however this topic still manages to shock me over and over again. I agree with the points being raised in your post and I find it unfair that people of different ethnicities have to deal with these social inequalities and that I am not enough to make a difference in the world. Race and racism will continue to follow us as generation goes if we continue to apply it; why don’t we make a change if so much of us are so against it? Yet we’d need the world to comprehend. I believe that when you mentioned a white individual in a predominant black community would project a different image than a person of color in a white dominant place is similar in many ways to the TED talk my teacher showed the class called, ‘’How to raise a black son in America’’ by Clint Smith. He talks about the struggles of growing up non-white and the disadvantage and the major impact it has on them. In his case, he had part of his childhood taken away due to his skin color; he couldn’t act like his white friends because it was too dangerous. Clint says the talk his non-white friends and him got from their parents was simply to keep them alive. Everyone should have the right to grow up and live fearless.

Here is the link to the TED talk if you are interrested;

https://www.ted.com/talks/clint_smith_how_to_raise_a_black_son_in_americ...

I was drawn to your post because the issue of racism is a major problem in today’s society. Stereotyping happens very often today and you can see that police officers have certain racial bias towards minority “races”. This is why in the news we see a lot of “black” men being shot and killed by police officers. With the stereotype of “black” men being violent criminals, police officers have a bias towards “black” men thinking that they have a gun on them resulting in officers shooting these men but officers may assume wrong and these men don’t have guns. I found it very interesting to learn the statistics that “blacks” are most likely to be considered a suspect to officers at 56.1%, 31.8% for Hispanics, and 12.1% for “whites”. It’s scary to see how high that number is for “black” people and it’s a big problem because a lot of “black” people are arrested or shot by officers when they are innocent. This post made me think of an article that we had to read called “Just Kids? Peer Racism in a Predominately White City” by James Baker. In the article it discussed kids that were being discriminated against because of their skin color and teased for coming from another country. The stereotyping and discrimination that the kids experienced is racism and just like in your post with “black” people most likely considered being a suspect, officers are discriminating and stereotyping against “black” people which is racism. This is also connected to systemic racism, with “white” officers seeing “black” people as criminals because “white” people are usually in the position of power so “blacks” are seen as below them. I agree city officials need to acknowledge that there is racial bias before a change can happen.

I was going through the list of which article to choose for my assignment and I was immediately drawn to your post because it covers an important social issue that many individuals have to face every day. Unfortunately, problems surrounding race still occur in everyday life and has been sadly been appearing worse by law enforcement and police officers. This post made me think about the numerous problems that Black people and or minority groups are experiencing in society, in comparison to White raced peoples when dealing with law enforcement, although I have been aware of these issues. Stereotypes occur daily in every day society, and as we can see through the news broadcasts minority groups are greatly affected by this. As we can see, stereotypes occur daily there’s always a new story about a Black man being shot or killed by police officers which make the news headlines. But in reality, we don’t change so these issues keep occurring in society. When reading your post, I saw how high the statistics are for how biased police officers are to different races. It’s quite appalling to see how high the rate is for Black people to be considered suspects to cops in comparison to Whites. In my opinion, I find that society has never changed. Society has always if not does disregard that minority groups are also people and they need to be considered innocent just as much as White people do. Not all White people are innocent, things happens, life happens. In my class the reality of race and the myth of racism, we watched a Ted Talk called “ How to raise a black son in America” by Clint Smith. In this video, he talk about how he struggled growing up in a non-white family and explained all the problems and disadvantages he had and maybe other non-white families had to go through. Throughout his Ted Talk he described what it was like, how his childhood wasn’t how he expected it would be because of his skin color. Growing up my mom told me stories about how it was like growing up and living in Jamaica. She told me that although surrounded by others her race, she experienced a lot of issues based upon racial discrimination. She compared the lifestyle she grew up in and compared it to how society now a day is. In fact, she pointed out that, some White raced families only nurture their children to a point of keeping their children alive. In addition, she told me that if our family were to have moved to the States that our life would not be as great as we have it right now. I have many White raced friends that tell me that their parents don’t care about who they are spending their day with or where they are going when the leave the house. Compared to my parents, I have to tell them everything, where I’m going, who I’m going with, for how long, when I’ll be back home, make sure you’re with at least 4 people, and to make sure not to stay out late. As you can see, the different upbringings of different races really affect the lifestyle of our society. Unfortunately, not all families get the chance to live a normal life, but when something great happens, we are grateful for what we are given and to accept everything we have been given the chance to receive.

This article caught my attention and was captivating immediately after reading the title and the first sentence. This post made me think about how African-Canadians and African-Americans are still unfairly treaded even though we live in a society that doesn’t condone it but authorities such as white police officers or often accused of treating black people in a bias way. I found it very interesting that the data collected by the article has a very high percentage for each ethnic group. I was very astonished that they haven’t found a solution to fix this or that greater authorities aren’t putting a stop to this. I must agree with the fact mentioned by the author that a white suspect in a community that has predominantly black people give off a different impression than if it would be the opposite. I think this is unfair! In our class, we watch a TED talk about racial bias that white police officers often have with suspect that are black and how black people must live in fear of getting arrested for silly things. These days some white police officers have the tendency to put their guard up or become more aggressive when a black person is involved in a crime. As well as they tend to make assumption that black people are automatically guilty. We must put an end to this trend and this stereotype so they can stop living in fear!

This article caught my attention and was captivating immediately after reading the title and the first sentence. This post made me think about how African-Canadians and African-Americans are still unfairly treaded even though we live in a society that doesn’t condone it but authorities such as white police officers or often accused of treating black people in a bias way. I found it very interesting that the data collected by the article has a very high percentage for each ethnic group. I was very astonished that they haven’t found a solution to fix this or that greater authorities aren’t putting a stop to this. I must agree with the fact mentioned by the author that a white suspect in a community that has predominantly black people give off a different impression than if it would be the opposite. I think this is unfair! In our class, we watch a TED talk about racial bias that white police officers often have with suspect that are black and how black people must live in fear of getting arrested for silly things. These days some white police officers have the tendency to put their guard up or become more aggressive when a black person is involved in a crime. As well as they tend to make assumption that black people are automatically guilty. We must put an end to this trend and this stereotype so they can stop living in fear!

I was mainly attracted to the post because of the title, “The Escalating Racial Problems”, which directly relates to the concept of race and racism that I studied in my anthropology class. Hence, I thought it would be interesting to read your article and comment it using the knowledge and various notions that I learned this semester. As mentioned in your statement, I do agree that unfortunately, racism is a dominant issue in today’s society, discrimination in various sectors are currently happening because of either the color of one’s skin, or the stereotypes often associated with one’s cultural background or ethnicity. I believe that these elements should never influence how one’s being treated by others since people’s race do not define them. Sadly, I was not surprised when I read that police officers were proven to be more aggressive and dominant with non-white or racially mixed people rather than white people. Often, for unjustified reasons, black or Hispanic people are arrested for minor crimes, while white people are being freed for the same or for even worse crimes, which shows the great flaws in our justice system that perpetuate discrimination and racial profiling. Unfortunately, black people and Hispanic are often represented as more violent and dangerous than white people, the idea of representing people of colour as criminals is not recent. The fact that blacks are more likely to be considered suspect to responding officers at 56.1 is also not surprising, through history, black people were constantly oppressed and discriminated, the fact that our world has progressed but that racism is still omnipresent in society is shocking to me. I believe that humankind have now the resources, the knowledge and the capacity to do try to abolish racism and implement, once and for all the fact that no race is better than another and that one should not suffer or benefit from something simply because of the color of his/her skin. In class, we studied the concept of white privilege, which is the societal privilege that people identified as “white” benefit from. The unequal treatment of non-white people, by police officers or by judges in the court, is an example of a white privilege, where one race benefits from a more profitable justice system while others suffers from prejudice because of their skin color. Lastly, I completely agree with the fact that all citizens should have equal law enforcement treatment and that no one should be treated any differently, especially not because of a meaningless biological gene, such as one’s skin color. The public should indeed protest the problem through various public demonstrations to raise awareness and do everything in its power to try to stop, or at least reduce the impact of discrimination and racism on today’s society.

What drew me to this post is the word “Escalating” in the title. As my initial thoughts were, were not creating laws against minorities, and were diffidently not going back to slavery. Then I wondered if were actually escalating, probably not. Racism still exists and it's still a problem, but saying that cops are targeting minorities “for no apparent reason” is not a claim that shouldn't be made. Apart from that, I enjoy the use of stats in this post as it shows inequality. This post made me; it made me think about systematic racism and how it takes part in the law enforcement department. As we all know that race is a social construct that was created in the United States during the 17th century. This post has “how bad it actually is” in the text, yet never gives examples and cases on how bad it is. Of course these words alludes to individual cases of racist cops, which the media feeds on. This post shows that cops have a greater chance of using “coercive authority” which sounds vague. As the definition of “Coercive authority (also referred to as penalty authority): refers to motivating staff by negative reinforcement such as fear of losing a bonus,” wiki. A cop’s job is to give penalty when you break the law, and so Cops are more likely to do their job? In conclusion the words such as “escalating”, “how bad it actually is”, and “coercive authority” makes this post sound like law enforcements are on a minority rampage.

The part that attracts me while I was reading the title was the word escalating. Racial problems do escalate in our society and this is why we need to make some changes regarding our beliefs and views. What I appreciated the most in your article is that statistics were present to back up your arguments on the topic. Ethnicity is something that has always created tensions among people and racial issues are important in our society since that it still creates major conflicts. Back in time, people have fought to obtain their rights regardless their skin color, religion and sexual orientation and I have the impression that all the progress we have made result in nothing. What I found the most outrageous is that we are still treating people differently based on their appearance, gender and lifestyle. It makes no sense that a white police officer gives a different treatment to minorities than to white people. Everybody should be treated equally and police officers should apply the law equally to all individuals as they are told to do. No one deserve to be treated as inferior due to their race. For example, being more aggressive toward a black individual or accusing him for something that he may not even have done just because of his skin color is unjustifiable and should not occur nowadays.

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