For those interested, this week at The Court I wrote about the failure of an objective reasonable person standard to take race into account. So, you know: thrills!
I always find these articles interesting, even if they are sometimes bogged down in lawyeres. I’m wondering if anyone has ever done a study like the one sourced in your article, but broken down to see how often black, white, Asian, whatever officers stop black, white, Asian, whatever suspects. In other words, I wonder how much the badge affects a person’s thinking when compared to their skin color. There’s an entire sociology paper waiting to be written here.
Searchin’ my car, lookin’ for the biscuits
Thinkin’ every chap is sellin’ bits of chocolate
It seems like a bit of an oversight, in an article discussing peoples’ attitudes toward police based on their race and/or socio-economic status, to not make any mention of Indigenous peoples’ relationships with the RCMP at all. Or of the intersectionality between race and class (once again, I’m thinking specifically of Indigenous people here specifically, among whom there is an incredibly disproportionate poverty rate).
Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to talk about the experiences of Black and South Asian people, but Indigenous people are the first demographic that come to my mind when I think “who is the most likely to be unfairly targeted by police?”
I don’t know if you had seen this take on the Archie/Veronica/Betty story, so I thought I’d point it out.
Clearly Luebke is unfamiliar with your finely detailed explanation of why Veronica is better for Archie.
Los Campesinos! for the win!
I read through most of it and have come to the conclusion that this kind of article should be video-blogged with soft Barry White music in the background instead of merely written.
Anybody else hear the news story about the homeless black man in Georgia who was sent to prison for nonpayment of child support for a child who was not his?
While I get the point of your article, it seems to me that if a police officer tells you “I need to speak to you before you leave.” that you have been detained. Regardless of considering yourself a suspect, which I agree w/ your points on how that could be interpreted, the person is not free to go, which as far as I understand it fits the description of the word ‘detained’ pretty well.
It seems like a bit of an oversight, in an article discussing peoples’ attitudes toward police based on their race and/or socio-economic status, to not make any mention of Indigenous peoples’ relationships with the RCMP at all.
It was a specific omission because I didn’t have any research statistics on First Nations attitudes towards police, and for a semi-scholarly article just saying “everybody knows natives and cops don’t get along” isn’t good enough.
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