As discussed in class, police often find themselves at the center of social controversy. Recently, it has been the issue of race. Are issues of race real? How would a typical police officer explain the issue of race and the use of force?
Police often find themselves at the center of social controversy
Police and BLM
As discussed in class, police often find themselves at the center of social controversy. Recently, it has been the issue of race. Are issues of race real? Firstly, how would a typical police officer explain the issue of race and the use of force? Explain these using class concepts, such as the police subculture, siege mentality, and historic context of professionalism of the reform era. Contrast this viewpoint of minority communities and stats showing incidents, such as racial profiling and the stats that show this perspective. Lastly, what should we do to resolve this conflict?
Intro: Did you frame the problem? Do you have a clear thesis?
Body: Did you incorporate class concepts and material? Did you explain these materials?
Writing: Does your paper flow and clear and easy to read? Are your paragraph lengths appropriate?
References: Do you have 2 ACADEMIC references (journal articles, books, government stats)? Did you remember NOT to cite blogs, .coms, Wikipedia, etc.?
This will be turned in through turnitin.com so please do not plagiarize.
Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue
More than 100 years ago, American sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois was concerned that race was being used as a biological explanation for what he understood to be social and cultural differences between different populations of people. He spoke out against the idea of “white” and “black” as discrete groups, claiming that these distinctions ignored the scope of human diversity.
Science would favor Du Bois. Today, the mainstream belief among scientists is that race is a social construct without biological meaning. And yet, you might still open a study on genetics in a major scientific journal and find categories like “white” and “black” being used as biological variables.