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:
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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