Friday, October 14, 2016

U.S. Cites Bias by San Francisco Police Against Blacks // New York Times

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Summary/Reaction:
Over the past two years, the San Francisco Police Department has been under contemptuous criticism regarding the accusations of racial animus and prejudice. In a report requested by mayor Edwin M. Lee, it is evident that there is a disproportion in the search and arrest of blacks and Latinos who were seldom found with the possession of contraband. I think that it is unfair that people like Mario Woods, an African-American man who was shot by officers in 2015, and his family have to undergo grievances just because of a misconstrued act.

Connection to US History:
This relates to all the racism we have encountered throughout history; Xenophobia. the fear of the unknown; When immigrants were not approved entry into the US due to prejudices; Lincoln towards African slaves.

Questions for discussion:
If any, in what way is it appropriate to judge ones actions based on their racial background? How do you think police departments should be audited to guarantee that they are not engaging in biased police practices?

13 comments:

  1. I don't think there is any way appropriate to judge one's actions based on racial background. I mean, what does their race have to do with their actions? It's their principles and beliefs in life that has to do with their actions.
    With concerns to how the police officers are taking action to alleged crimes, I think it's a better way if they don't shoot the person immediately, especially if the person is willing to surrender. That's when they get so much heat from the people of their races.

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  3. It's undoubtedly never ok to judge someone's actions based on their racial background. One's race is a part of them however, it doesn't affect one's actions, thoughts, or feelings. Police officers should be trained to not panic if they think someone is going to act a certain way. They should learn to respond better and gain a better understanding of how to predict a person is going to act based on what they are physically doing rather than their physical appearance.

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  4. I think it's completely wrong to judge someone based on their racial background. I think that the police need to stop assuming that Black or Latino people are going to always "do something wrong" just based off of their race. If any type of crime is committed, typically the officers accuse people of another race;rather than a white person. Racism has gotten extremely out of hand, and honestly, I think it's only getting worse.

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    1. I agree that it is completely wrong to judge someone based on their racial background and that racism is getting worse over the years..

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  5. There is no way that one should judge another based on their skin color or racial background.I believe that the departments of police should be careful with how they approach someone because with all this hype of the police being racist, it's probably best for them to do so.

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  6. I think that it is never, in any way acceptable to judge one's actions based on their racial background. It's better for police not to shoot someone immediately because of their race, but to wait to see if they are doing something wrong

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  7. I think that it is never, in any way acceptable to judge one's actions based on their racial background. It's better for police not to shoot someone immediately because of their race, but to wait to see if they are doing something wrong

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  8. It is never in any way OK to judge someone based on their racial background nonetheless the color of their skin. The police react quickly to seeing a colored man and want to immediately cause violence without giving them a chance to speak and to see where they are coming from.

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  9. It is never in any way OK to judge someone based on their racial background nonetheless the color of their skin. The police react quickly to seeing a colored man and want to immediately cause violence without giving them a chance to speak and to see where they are coming from.

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  10. It is never in any way OK to judge someone based on their racial background nonetheless the color of their skin. The police react quickly to seeing a colored man and want to immediately cause violence without giving them a chance to speak and to see where they are coming from.

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  11. All this killings of black people are bad and horrific, but sometimes you have to think of what did that person do to get them in that situation? Sometimes people think and look at just the cop shooting an african american, but does anybody see the crime that he commited? Maybe he didnt commit a crime and was just being discriminated. You dont get pulled over or stopped for no reason, unless the cop really means harm, and sometimes you have to see the situation in the Police Officers shoes. BUT I DO NOT AGREE with any of the killings that are going on. May they rest in peace.

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  12. It is not fair to judge someone based on their racial background. One has no control over their race. One only has control over their actions. Therefore, people should only be judged on their actions and not their race. I believe that in order to get an equal police department they must have more training in dealing with those situations.

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