police beating Rodney King, 1991

Event: After a car chase in Los Angeles, California, police beat Rodney King even when he is not retaliating. After this video was viewed it caused three days of riots. Two of the policeman were sentenced to 30 months in the penitentrary a year later and King was paid 3.8 million dollars.


Racial Profiling:
Racial profiling by the police has become an increasingly controversial issue in recent years, but we know little about the extent of the problem and even less about public perceptions of profiling. This article analyzes recent national survey data on citizens' views of racial profiling. We find that both race and personal experience with profiling are strong predictors of attitudes toward profiling and that, among blacks, social class affects views of the prevalence and acceptability of the practice. The findings on social class point to the need for further investigation and explanation of class influences on evaluations of the police.

It is becoming apparent that African American men in New York City and across the country are being marginalized by their rates of joblessness. The report, A Crisis in Black Male Employment: Unemployment and Joblessness in New York City, 2003, finds that the percent of black men with a job dropped by 12.2 percentage points since 2000. White men with a criminal record have a better chance of being asked back after a first job interview than black men without a record. Besides providing an excuse not to hire African American men.
African Americans make up more than 40 percent of the people incarcerated, yet African Americans only make up 12 percent of the total American population
Racial Profiling- the consideration of race when developing a profile of suspected criminals; by extension, a form of racism involving police focus on people of certain racial groups when seeking suspected criminals

Discrimination- treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.

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