Racial profiling has destroyed public trust in police. Cops are exploiting our weak laws against it.

by meg52 on November 6, 2016 - 11:05pm

  Racial profiling is an issue that has been plaguing this country for centuries, however today lives are being taken for the blatant ignorance of the ones who are supposed to keep us safe. Black Lives Matter is a movement that promotes the importance of the lives of African American people being executed by police. Eric Garner is an example of a young black unarmed man being targeted and killed for simply no reason at all. In an article in the Washington Post, Ranjana Natarajan a clinical professor and director of the Civil Rights Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law explained the Eric Garner case in depth. She stated, “In Garner’s case, for example, police targeted him for the petty crime of selling loose cigarettes — the types of crimes black people are targeted for at higher rates — and then attempted to arrest him with a chokehold, banned by the department” (Natarajan 2014). If this does not seem to be enough to get one's attention about the clear racial biased in this country then maybe this next statistic will. “ In a 2011 report, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights found evidence of widespread racial profiling, showing that African Americans and Hispanics are disproportionately likely to be stopped and searched by police, even though they’re less likely to be found possessing contraband or committing a criminal act” (Natarajan 2014). There has been no direct link that proves that African Americans commit more crimes than any other race. This constant racial profiling has discouraged African Americans, when it comes to trusting police. It has also put “good cops” in a harsher light because of the cops who are committing these crimes.

 

 

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Hello meg52, you brought up a very interesting point when you mentioned that due to bad cops good cops are also being placed under a harsher light. Also I agree that it is unjust for black people to be losing their lives because of modern racism. If you look at the statistics it can be seen that the majority of African Americans being attacked by police are male. This is drawn from the ideology that black men are more violent. Hegemonic masculinity states that men must be white to be considered the perfect man. For black men to conform they must over conform in other areas and society states that they must be more athletic and violent. Those who believe in hegemonic masculinity believe blacks do not have enough self-control and this is where the idea stems that black people are more dangerous. This stereotype is what leads police to believe that black men are more likely to be violent with them. This idea means that black men need to be violent enough to survive in society’s harsh conditions yet not too violent as to attract attention from the police. Black men who must conform to this are always on guard as no one is truly their ally. If you want to learn more on black masculinity here is a link you can look at: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/defining-black-masculinity

The reason I was interested in reading your post was because of the title. I could see, just by the title, that you were going to discuss racial profiling done by the police. This is an issue that is growing in today’s society and I wanted to learn more about it. I was shocked to hear that the police stopped a boy that was stealing cigarettes with a chokehold especially since this position has been banned. I also could not believe that the police target African-Americans more than any other for petty crimes like stealing cigarettes. I personally find this to be deeply troubling information. When you mentioned that police officers are targeting African-Americans and Hispanics a lot more lately, it made me think of the concept of implicit racism that I learned about in my anthropology class at school. This is when someone has an unconscious bias towards a different racial or ethnic group of people than their own. Most of the time, these biases are triggered when a person is faced with race-related problems. Anyone can be affected by this form of racism and never know about it. All in all, this was a very interesting post ans it made me go read the original article

I was originally drawn toward your post, as your title represents a topic that is very prominent in the society we live in today. Additionally, it reminded me of a story that one of my colleagues once told me regarding being unjustly treated by several white male police officers – her being a young black female. Your post has definitely brought forth awareness (or a reminder) of the existence of racial bias to your viewers. The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement is a step in the right direction, though seeing as racial profiling falls under a systemic form of racism and has become so widespread, it will take a lot more energy and a lot more time to resolve the issue. Would you agree with me that racial profiling stems from the system (systemic racism)? Systemic racism consists of policies and practices entrenched in institutions, that result in the exclusion or advancement of specific groups of people. An interesting point that I would like to bring up is the fact that racism has been around for a very long time but has modernized itself into what we would call ‘new racism’ today. New racism is often expressed through discourses and is a form of discrimination that is subtle and implicit. However, it is evident that this subtlety disappears when revolving around racial profiling. Racial profiling tackles explicit beliefs – An area of the justice system directly and consciously agrees that individuals of minority races, such as African American, are inferior to those who are white when it comes to criminal the criminal law. Your post was to the point, however, it really opened up this subject to conversation.

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