Soc 308 week 4 discussion


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Week 4 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.


Racial Profiling and   the Criminal Justice System [WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapters 7 and 9 of the course text and review the following:

And listen to the following podcast:

If you would like additional materials to help you in this week’s discussion, you may also review the following website: Race, Trust and Police Legitimacy (Links to an external site.)

Over the past few years, racial profiling has been in the news because of high profile cases involving deadly force used against unarmed African Americans, particularly African American men. Data consistently shows that African American and Latino men are more likely to be stopped and searched by police than white men, even though they are unlikely to be possessing anything illegal. Critics argue that the increased rates of stops and searches is due to racial profiling and implicit biases. Based on reviewing the required resources, please address the following:

  • Define racial profiling. What      is the connection between stereotypes and racial profiling? What are some      of the consequences of racial profiling discussed in the resources?
  • According to the podcast Police Shootings: How A Culture of Racism      Can Infect Us All (Links to an external site.) what role does implicit bias      play in the police shootings of unarmed African Americans? Explain how      this exemplifies structural racism.
  • The article Police Shootings Reflect Structural      Racism (Links to an external site.) presents research that shows      an association between levels of structural racism and the number of      shootings of unarmed people of color by police in a state. Explain this      finding in additional detail.
  • Chapter 7 in the text presents      several sociological theories of race, crime, and deviance. Choose the one      that most closely fits your own beliefs about how race, crime, and      deviance are interrelated and describe it in your own words.
  • One way to effect      transformative change is through social movements and political activism.      Are you aware of any current collective efforts (such as protest      movements, boycotts, and educational campaigns) to address racial      profiling in the criminal justice system? If yes, please describe it. If      no, please propose your own idea of a collective effort that citizens can      join to effect change in this area.

Your initial post should be at least 800 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material and/or other scholarly resources and properly cite any references.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. In your replies, be sure to note any interesting aspects of their response, such as racial profiling, police shootings, their chosen sociological theories, and/or social movements addressing police shootings and racial profiling. Your responses should be at least 200 words in length.

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