Are Cops Racist By Heather Macdonald
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Are Cops really Racist?
When I received the book Ð²Ð‚ÑšAre Cops Racist?Ð²Ð‚Ñœ from the library, I laid it down on the table and got mixed emotions and responds. Some said yes, cops are indeed racist and they stay away from them as much as possible. Then there are others who feel that cops are not racist they are just doing there job. This is how Heather MacDonald feels in the book Ð²Ð‚ÑšAre Cops Racist?Ð²Ð‚Ñœ Heather MacDonald has done a wonderful job on stating the facts and making everything plain, but I still have mixed emotions on the whole ideal of racial profiling. I agree with her in so many ways like when she says that people claim racial profiling but donÐ²Ð‚™t look at the crime rate. There are a lot of crimes that are committed by the African American and Hispanic community and that are why there are an excessive amounts of arrest. Also another idea that I can totally agree with Mrs.. MacDonald on is when she says, that this cry for racial profiling often times Ð²Ð‚ÑšscaresÐ²Ð‚Ñœ the police into not truly going where the crimes is because of the accusations discrimination that might arise. This in the end, this hurts the African American community because they donÐ²Ð‚™t patrol where it is needed. Even though there are a lot of things that make sense about this book and everything that is said, the one thing that sticks out in the back of my mind, the many stories of racial profiling. I have heard time and time again where there are instances that cops pulled people over for no reason at all.
Even though I am a African American, I will have to admit that there is a lot of crime within our community and it is completely understandable how there are many more arrest in our community than in a Caucasian community. In New York, blacks are 50% of all persons stopped and frisked by the police, but only 25% of the population. Police critics look at these rates and automatically cry racial profiling. And this would indeed be cause for concern if crime rates were evenly distributed across the population. This is not the truth, however – not in New York, not anywhere. In New York, in 1998, 62% of victims of violent assault identified their assailants as black, meaning that blacks were 13 times more likely to commit a violent assault as whites. Remember: these are victims identifying the criminal, not the allegedly “racist” police. It turns out that blacks in New York are actually being under stopped, compared to their rates of violent crime. Also another part of Ð²Ð‚ÑšAre Cops Racist?Ð²Ð‚Ñœ that I can totally agree with is the chapter she has on the Ð²Ð‚Ñšblack cops that you never hear aboutÐ²Ð‚Ñœ. I this chapter she talks to the black cops that no one hears. They agree with her when she says that cops are not racist and that its just the area they are in that they have so many African American arrest. Lieutenant Christian was say, Ð²Ð‚Ñšoften the entire neighborhood is black, so of course we are going to be stopping blacks-based on there behavior.Ð²Ð‚Ñœ This shows that it is not just the white community saying that cops are not racist, its is also the African American community too. Most donÐ²Ð‚™t see that and they attack the cops by making the allegations of racial profiling. This hinders the cop because they donÐ²Ð‚™t make the arrest needed because they donÐ²Ð‚™t want to seem to be arresting too many cops.
I feel as if most cops just do their jobs to the best of there ability. A lot of them donÐ²Ð‚™t race, gender or religion. Cops just see a crime and know that someone has to be arrested. Many