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Police in America: "Licensed to Kill" | U.S #Capitol

Police in America: "Licensed to Kill" | U.S #Capitol | Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it

“Miriam Carey is the latest victim.  She deserved to live, not die… Incidents occur daily across America.  Blacks and Latinos are most vulnerable.  Police shoot innocent suspects for any reason or none at all…The Eight[h] Amendment prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” What’s crueler than state-sponsored cold-blooded murder.”

 


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Here is what is most horrifying about this...it is extremely difficult for a police man/woman to get fired or even reprimanded by their department.  The question looked at when looking into police misconduct is, "was it within a reasonable officers realm of duty," anything can fit into that category, if a reasonable officer would do it and it is within the officers duties, they will not get reprimanded.  When it comes to racism and discriminatory acts, those who lead the system (the judges) are more than likely just as discriminate as the officers themselves.  This is why racist police brutality and misconduct continues to go on and why nothing is done to stop it. 

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Alexandra Aquino's curator insight, May 14, 2014 2:44 PM

Police in America can have incredibly skewed ideas of race because of countless stereotypes and myths.  An officer does not have to be racist or even believe these stereotypes to experience fear during a stop involving a race that has been stereotyped as "cop-killers."   Can you imagine the outcome of an officer whom actually believes these stereotypes?

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Barneys busted student for ‘shopping while black’

Barneys busted student for ‘shopping while black’ | Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it
A college student from Queens got more than he bargained for when he splurged on a $350 designer belt at Barneys — when a clerk had him cuffed apparently thinking…

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This is stereotyping at its finest.  Even after he gave proof of identification he was still called a liar.  Much like "driving while black," or getting pulled over solely for being black, this young man was "shopping while black," thus he must be doing something wrong.  This proves the inequality within the American system, that blacks will not have money to purchase fancy items, but even more so that they should not have the money.  The whites put blacks where they are, in an oppressed state, in the eyes of the white man, blacks should not have the funds for such luxury, so who is really to blame here, the store clerk who only assumed he was lying because of what he/she has learned, or the teachers who have made her think this way?

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Kelli McLoud Schingen's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:58 PM

*heavy sigh*

Angela Grant's curator insight, October 26, 2013 9:47 PM

We need  big data and informatics to gather institutional and personnel data on these incidences.   In this case, looking at Barney's clientele  and complaints  aggregated  as well as magnified to look at individual behaviors.  


Not much is known about the culture of bigotry.   I desire to understand the patterns of discrimination,  wouldn't you?    The problem is ubiquitous, it's epidemic and should be a public health  concern,  why isn't it?

Ashley McFadden's curator insight, February 2, 2015 7:11 PM

This article infuriates me I couldn't believe the stupidity level of this man. It just upsets me knowing that some Caucasian believe that all African American people are suppose to be  under the poverty line. 

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NYPD on Trial: Police Say They Are Forced to Harass Kids in Order to Meet Quotas

NYPD on Trial: Police Say They Are Forced to Harass Kids in Order to Meet Quotas | Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it
NYPD whistleblowers say quotas are forcing them to make bogus, racist stops, summonses and arrests.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Racial profiling is not only legal within police departments, most times it is encouraged.  Two examples include the stereotype that Latino youth is often involved in gangs, and that blacks are drug dealers. Police are often encouraged to follow these stereotypes, allowing them to pull people over, stop, frisk them with little to no reasonable suspicion.  It is sad that this is allowed being that cops are supposed to be non bias and reasonable, our country counts on them for that.

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White-on-black violence is often racist - Boston Globe

White-on-black violence is often racist - Boston Globe | Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it
Boston Globe White-on-black violence is often racist Boston Globe Jeff Jacoby's recommendation that newspapers decide that “either skin color really matters, or really doesn't” in cases of interracial violence reflects a lack of understanding of...

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The media has a way of altering the minds of viewers into thinking that the average criminal is a black man.  This is due to the extreme coverage we see on the news when it is a black or other minority perpetrator and a white victim.  This allows for racism, as racism is frowned upon in the US but bias towards criminals is not only accepted but encouraged...being that the criminal, in the eyes of Americans, is usually black, it is justifiable to be racist. 

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Just How Racist Is the U.S. Criminal Justice System?

Just How Racist Is the U.S. Criminal Justice System? | Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it

Policymakers, criminal justice administrators, and scholars all agree that there should be zero tolerance towards racism in any stages of the criminal justice system. And yet, there is substantial evidence that the practices and policies applied in the administration of justice have a deep racial bias embedded in them. The majority of African-Americans who responded to a recent Gallup poll also felt that the justice system is rigged against them, punishing them and other ethnic groups more harshly than whites.


Via Andrew Weisberg
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Racism was written into the constitution.  Racism will not end until the basis of American law is rewritten.  We use the same constitution today that was used when slavery was legal, yes it has been amended but the basis of it still stands.  

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How Black Families Are Destroyed, In Two Simple Charts

How Black Families Are Destroyed, In Two Simple Charts | Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it
Racism in the criminal justice system leads to devastating results in the black family structure.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Schools that are predominately black have much less funding, resources and teachers.  They also have a much smaller graduation rate than schools in white neighborhoods.  Being that they start with so little, the chances of higher education for these kids is minimal, thus securing good, high paying jobs near impossible.

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Repressed Brits, evil Mexicans, Arab villains: why are Hollywood's animated ... - The Guardian

Repressed Brits, evil Mexicans, Arab villains: why are Hollywood's animated ... - The Guardian | Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it
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Much like how the media used characters like the Chihuahua for Taco Bell and the Bandito used to advertise for Fritos.  These characters have portrayed Latinos to be hot headed, gang banging, drug dealing, violent Mexicans.   These portrayals have reduced the Mexican American War and the history of resistance against oppression to violent and ferocious characters.  Today we see the ramifications of these stereotypical characters, not only are adults but Latino youth too, is at risk everyday for being victims of police brutality and misconduct because they are seen as gang bangers.  

 

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Study Finds White Americans Believe They Experience More Racism Than African Americans

Study Finds White Americans Believe They Experience More Racism Than African Americans | Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it
There's a saying that "the new racism is to deny that racism exists." If that is the case, it may explain a study conducted by researchers from Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences and Ha...

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I have always been one to believe that racism is somewhat diminishing in America or that there was just as much racism against whites, with a black president and the world evolving and becoming more open to other cultures, it had always seemed to me that racism had almost disappeared.  But looking further into the subject I have come to realize that racism was written into the constitution, the same one which we use today.  Also, it makes sense that white men created the ghetto and they maintain it by handing out welfare which allows blacks to only survive, not to rise.  The entire US system nonchalantly represses blacks. I do believe that whites face some racism as well, but definitely not institutional racism, not in America at least. 

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Unite For Change To End Racial Profiling

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I just signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama: The End Racial Profiling Act seeks to make racial profiling illegal and train law enforcement officers to act based on...

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Blacks are challenged every day because of racial profiling.  This has led to wide spread resistance among them.  Not organized or voiced resistance, but resistance as in the constant struggle they face living in a racist society.  Blacks are pulled over, many times for no apparent reason, and often times in order to please the officer they have to answer many questions and are subject to searches and threats, treatment whites do not get.  This form of resistance, an example being putting hands on the wheel when pulled over to protect themselves from being shot, is a huge stressor, it causes blacks to have to live somewhat of a double life. 

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moniqueblog.net's curator insight, August 28, 2013 8:42 PM

I signed the petition!

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Family Says Racist Cops Aided Harassment

CHICAGO (CN) - A black family who moved to suburban Willowbrook claims their new, white neighbors harassed them, shot at them, drenched their driveway in animal blood to "rid the community of the coons," and that police participated in the "daily" threats and harassment.


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This is an example of why the ghetto exists. There are philosophies that the government created the ghetto, but aside from that, those blacks that are able to get out of the ghetto are shunned out by whites.  With the help here of the racist cops, these black people will need to move to black neighborhoods in order to escape oppression.  Those black neighborhoods are the ghetto, this is Americas way at keeping the black people contained.  

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Racism In America: Racial Bias Within The Criminal Justice System - CBS Charlotte

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More people are incarcerated in the United States than in any other country in the world. Past that troubling statistic, there are huge racial disparities throughout prisons in our country.

Via Erika Elisabeth
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Why do you think blacks are more likely to be questioned/arrested/sentenced for drug related crimes?  Minorities are more likely to like in poverty than whites in America.  People in poverty are more often on the streets  Thus it only makes sense that more blacks are stopped and arrested on drug related charges because the whites are doing their drugs in their homes.  

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Erika Elisabeth's curator insight, May 5, 2014 9:03 PM

Individuals who of African American descent are imprisoned six times more than those who are white within the United States. This is due to the stereotypes which this population is succumbed to such as that they are more likely to deal drugs, commit crimes, and carry/use guns. 

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Overarcher's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:55 AM

socratic questioning in pictures, love it!

Maria Persson's comment, July 11, 2013 6:15 PM
My daily life at work and play so often involves Socratic questioning - I never get bored and constantly on a learning curve! Thanks for sharing this great resource!
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