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Disturbing Study Proves That Cops View Black Children Differently
Black children are seen as older and less innocent than they actually are — particularly by cops, according to a new study published recently in the Journal of
Black children are seen as older and less innocent than they actually are — particularly by cops, according to a new study published recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The researchers also found that black children are more likely to be the subjects of dehumanization by police officers, making them subject to higher rates of police violence.
"Children in most societies are considered to be in a distinct group with characteristics such as innocence and the need for protection," study author Phillip Atiba Goff of UCLA told the American Psychological Association. "Our research found that black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when white boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent."
Researchers surveyed 176 police officers, mostly white males in their late 30s, and found that cops who dehumanize black children are more likely to have used force against them. These police actions include anything from applying wrist locks, to striking the youth with blunt objects, to unleashing police dogs in their presence, to showering them with tear gas or even killing them.
Researchers also tested the officers for racial prejudices by presenting them with statements such as, "It is likely that blacks will bring violence to neighborhoods when they move in."
In a related experiment in the study, researchers asked 264 mostly white, female undergraduate students at public universities in the U.S. to rate the innocence of black, white and racially unidentifiable youth. These results showed little difference for subjects up to the age of 9 , but once they hit 10, the students judged black children to be considerably less innocent than their peers.
Similarly, the students were asked to guess the age and criminality of white, black and Latino teenagers. These subjects overestimated the age of black teens by a staggering four and a half years, and also judged them to be less innocent than their peers.
"With the average age overestimation for black boys exceeding four-and-a-half years, in some cases, black children may be viewed as adults when they are just 13 years old," study co-author Matthew Jackson, also of UCLA, noted.
The study is eye-opening because it draws a connection between racial bias and the innocence of children. While racial bias has been linked to harsher treatment of minority adults in the past, the study reports, "Racial prejudice has not previously been linked to treating individuals as if they are older than they are. In fact, racially disparate treatment of children has rarely been studied by social psychologists."
While this study is new territory for psychologists, it is just the latest in a string of evidence that shows how black people are perceived differently in the public eye. During the murder trial of George Zimmerman last summer, Jason Silverstein wrote a piece for Slate emphasizing a percieved racial empathy gap in America. He cited research showing that people who watched others undergo a painful experience felt that pain more acutely themselves when the victim was white rather than black. It's not that black people's pain gets disregarded by others, he points out, "The problem is that the pain isn't even felt."
Studies may also help explain why in 83% of Stop-and-Frisk cases, the subject was black or Hispanic, and only 1.5% of more than 2 million people stopped were found to have weapons, according to data collected between Jan. 2004 and June 2012. This trend suggests that police officers expect black and Hispanic people to be more culpable than they are.
Finally, YouTube duo Simple Misfits explored how the public reacts differently to a black man and a white man seemingly trying to break into a car. People walking down the sidewalk don't bat an eyelid when the white guy tries to steal a car, even though he's clearly hacking at the lock with a crowbar and the car's siren is beeping loudly. He lasts 30 minutes without being interrupted, and a police officer even drives past without turning his head. The black guy lasts two minutes before a cop shows up and says, "Let me see your ******* hands. Get up against the wall."
This study shows, yet again, how widespread racial biases lead to the unfair judgement and treatment of black people — especially black youths — in the U.S. judicial system.
Let's see what happens to these cops.
Kentucky: Police shoot white coal miner 5 times, thinking he was black
Middlesboro | Officers of the Bell County Sheriff Department have mistakenly shot an unarmed coal miner, thinking he was a black criminal. 37-year old Jason Morris…
Middlesboro | Officers of the Bell County Sheriff Department have mistakenly shot an unarmed coal miner, thinking he was a black criminal.
37-year old Jason Morris had just finished his night shift in a mine operated by the Bell County Coal Corporation and was boarding his vehicle to head home, when the deputies arrived.
Seeing a dark faced individual enter a brand new Lincoln Navigator worth more than $75,000, the officers believed he was an African American man attempting to steal a vehicle.
After he ignored three shouted warnings from the deputies, Mr Morris was shot five times in the back, in both legs and in the left arm.
Many miners witnessed the incident, and all of them insist that the shooting was totally unprovoked and unjustified.
“The deputy just shouted ‘hey you *****’ a couple of times, then he started shooting,” says coworker, Bernie Donaldson. “The whole thing lasted less than 30 seconds, and I don’t even think Jason ever understood they were talking to him. I mean, he’s not even black!”
Fortunately for the young miner, the officers immediately understood their mistake and he was rapidly transported at the Middlesboro ARH Hospital where his condition was stabilized.
Mr Morris’ coworkers seemed completely shocked by the incident, and many of them openly criticized the police intervention.
Despite the critics, Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange justified the actions of the deputies and insisted that they had certainly saved Mr Morris’ life by rapidly calling the paramedics.
“The deputies were only trying to be vigilant since three vehicles have been stolen in the mine’s parking lot over the last year,” he told reporters. “They feared that he would enter the vehicle and try to use it as a weapon against them, so they shot him to defend themselves. And when they understood their mistake, they rapidly called an ambulance to try to save his life. Their actions were exemplary.”
The Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a loaded rifle was discovered in Mr Morris’ vehicle after the incident.
Sheriff Lange recognized that the deputies made a mistake, but insisted that their intervention was justified.
This new shooting comes just days after black men were shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Charlotte, North Carolina and in El Cajon, California.
This series of police killings has sparked a wave of violent protests and led to increased racial tension across the United States.
DEFENDING YOUR HOME WHILE BLACK
Police Not Only Shot Brendan Hester After He Called 911 To Report A Burglary But They're Reportedly Lying About The Entire Thing
Apparently another thing that a Black man in America can't do is catch an intruder in his home, call the police for help, and hold the culprit until they arrive. On June 2, 23-year old Brendan Hest...
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Lawyer: Race a factor in St. Louis cop being mistakenly shot
© Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images Police officers are seen at a crime scene involving a shooting of a man by St. Louis Metropolitan Police on August 19, 2014.
An off-duty black St. Louis police officer's race factored into him being mistakenly shot by a white officer who didn't recognize him after a shootout with black suspects this week, the wounded officer's lawyer contends.
The 38-year-old black officer was off duty when he heard a commotion near his home and ran toward it with his service weapon to try to help his fellow officers, police said.
St. Louis' interim police chief, Lawrence O'Toole, said the incident began when officers with an anti-crime task force followed a stolen car and were twice fired upon by its occupants. One suspect was shot in an ankle and was arrested, along with another teenager who tried to run from police, O'Toole said. A third suspect is being sought.
When the off-duty officer who lived nearby heard the commotion and arrived at the scene Wednesday night to help, two on-duty officers ordered him to the ground but then recognized him and told him to stand up and walk toward them. As he was doing so, another officer arrived and shot the off-duty officer "apparently not recognizing" him, police said.
The police department as of Saturday hadn't disclosed the names of the officers, who have been placed on routine administrative leave as the matter is investigated. Police described the black officer as an 11-year department veteran and said he was treated at a hospital and released. The officer who shot him is 36 and has been with the department more than eight years.
The black officer's lawyer, Rufus J. Tate Jr., discussed the shooting with St. Louis Fox affiliate KTVI, but the officer isn't named in that report. Tate told the station that his client identified himself to the on-duty officers at the scene and complied with their commands. The lawyer questioned the white officer's account to police that he shot the off-duty officer because he feared for his safety.
"In the police report you have so far, there is no description of a threat he received. So we have a real problem with that. But this has been a national discussion for the past two years. There is this perception that a black man is automatically feared," Tate said.
Tate did not reply to several phone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment Saturday.
A white kid in America illegally selling sugared lemonade vs. black kids in America illegally selling lead-free water. Who can spot the difference?
White kids are encouraged to be entrepreneurs while black kids discouraged for the exact same act.
White kids get lemonade money by cops with a smile, while black kids get a citation by cops with handcuffs to jump start their criminal records.
Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy towards wh...ites and broader skepticism toward people of color.
White supremacy ensures that white folks actions are framed around "rights" and black folk actions are framed around "crime"
It is better to be white, affluent and guilty, than poor, black and innocent.
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A white kid in America illegally selling lemonade VS black kids in America illegally selling water. Who can spot the difference?
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