Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Police encounter.

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The other night, my friend and I were hanging out in his car, which was parked in a parking lot that was kind of vacant. After a little while, a police car pulled into the lot to check out what was going on. He said he had passed by several times and noticed the headlights had been on, which we weren’t aware of, and was just a bit suspicious. After my friend told him we were just hanging out, the police also said my friend’s license tag was expired. But instead of being strict and giving him a fine for it, he let him go easily. It makes me wonder, if my friend was another race (he’s white), would the outcome have been different? I’m pretty sure if he wasn’t white, he would had a harder time with the police guy. It just really surprised me how lenient the cop was.

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Written by aunanan7

December 1, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I would say that you cant really judge whether the cop would have been more strict with a minority or not- if you say that he would have been then you’re stereotyping and judging just like you’re accusing the cop of doing.

    ahartzog

    December 2, 2009 at 5:45 pm

  2. Your opinion of race being important to the cop relates to the first guideline in the chapter we had to read for today about seeing race or racism in everything. I think this view will only make people more cynical and angry at each other, though of course there is always the chance that the cop did care about race. I feel we shouldn’t ask for trouble asking “what if”, and just dealing with the situation as it presents itself.

    erom13

    December 2, 2009 at 9:56 pm

  3. I would have to say that assuming the police officer would have reacted differently because of the race of the driver is not correct. The police officer could have been in a good mood or just saw that the two people in the car were not causing any problems. I feel that the race of the driver could have been a factor, but many other factors could have been at play as well. I feel that it is not right to jump to the race conclusion in every case. Instead of “assuming racism is everywhere,everyday,” we should consider race a potential factor among others.

    briangaw

    December 4, 2009 at 5:59 am


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