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Lecture 12

WDW205 Lecture 12

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WDW205 Lecture 12 11/26/2012 Race, Immigration and Crime Essay - APA citation is generally used in social sciences - Don’t begin sentences with conjunctions “and, so, but” - Don’t include a big introduction - Include general limitations (can be found in the text) then branch off - Question 2, use two theories that compliment each other (overlapping) Should the criminal justice system collect and analyze information on race, ethnicity, and immigration status? (Such information is extremely rare) The argument against the collection of ethnicity data - Problems with official crime data - Difficulty of measuring race/ethnicity - Data could be used to justify discrimination against particular racial/ethnic groups o 80-90% success rate in identifying an individuals race/ethnicity o 3 major race categories, black, white and Asian o USA has trouble distinguished between the 3, south Asian, middle eastern, Hispanic o The lack of will to release this data they will say, “trying to protect racial minority groups” o Could make Canada look bad, possible racial bias in the justice system o Could damage the relationships between racial minorities with the court, police and justice system o Need it to identify, track racial minority challenges - Data could be used to damage the operation or reputation of the criminal justice system - Data could produce distrust between the justice system and racial minority groups The argument in favor of ethnicity data - Could be used to identify racial/ethnic bias - Could e used to identify and respond to important crime problems - Race/ethnicity data from other countries is widely available in Canada - Racialized depictions of race and crime are widespread in the Canadian media - The ban on race-crime statistics has not prevented stereotypes or racial discrimination - Date could improve police-race relations by providing transparency Critical theory and the media - Powerful persons and institutions have preferential access to the media - News processing leads to the reproduction and legitimation of the ideologies of the political and economic elite - The media promotes a white, male and middle-class perspective of news events Previous research on race, crime and the media - Analysis of 10,000 stories appearing in the Toronto print media over two month period in 1998 - 90% of all stories involving black people dealt with either crime sports or entertainment - Over 50% of all serious news stories depicting blacks were crime-related - Minorities more likely to be depicted as criminal offenders than crime victims - Crimes with white victims get much more coverage than crimes with minority victims - News narratives vary by race of offender: White crimes caused by individuals pathology, minority crimes viewed as product of culture - Findings consistent with the work of Francis Henry and other Canadian and American scholars - The entire group of racial/ethnicity can be profoundly stigmatized by news narrative depiction “Singled out” - Victims accused through racial profiling - Minorities against the powerful police force Overview of the star’s analysis - Blacks were highly over-represented in certain types of crim statistics including simple drug possession and “out of sight” traffic offences o Consistent with allegations - Police lashed back stating that there is no racism, no racial profiling etc. Denials and indignation - “ we do not do racial profiling…there is no racism”  a lot of quotes of police institution denials Discussing racism causes social problems - Racial profiling is not a problem, but
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