Term Paper: Interview and Analysis Jerome X

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[. . .] He also pointed to his parent's background, stressing that this was a problem not only in the United States, but in all white-dominated countries all over the world. In the United Kingdom, the police, in a much-publicized incident killed a young Black man named Steven Lawrence in a racially motivated incident.

The interviewer was inclined to credit Jerome's attribution of his own frequent encounters with the police to the cause of racism, rather than, for instance, poor driving skills. This was because Jerome stated he was stopped twice in the incident he cited during the formal interview, and was given no concrete reason for being stopped. Although not verifiable, Jerome seemed to be a credible source. However, an individual must look deeper into the insular culture of the police, for a fuller assessment as to the causes of the problems of racial profiling. The 'blue wall of silence' is an often-discussed problem at the heart of much police crime and corruption, as well as racial profiling.

The sense of silent solidarity between officers has perhaps only increased since the tragedy of September 11th, despite the increased public attention directed to racist attitudes in police racial profiling. In fairness, Jerome did not point out that all individuals may exhibit signs of racism, but police offers possess the potential to exert particular harm when they possess racist attitudes, even if they as a whole are no more racist than the general population.

As to the solution, it is interesting that Jerome did not consider that although his uncle may have genuinely been speeding over the speed limit when pulled over (he was vague as to this, when pressed although he stressed that in his own encounters he had not been found guilty of anything), this fact really shouldn't matter. Even if both whites and African-Americans are pulled over for speeding, if African-Americans are selected in disproportionate numbers in such a way to make their traveling the highways and byways of the state more difficult, this still amounts to discrimination. Oddly enough, white motorists who are angry when pulled over, will state that racial profiling is perfectly valid, provided that African-Americans are pulled over for at least some reason, even if is a reason such as going 56 miles per hour in a 55-mile per hour zone. Yet this is a crime few white individuals would support, on a whole, being actively pursued by the police. The attitude that all individuals must be treated the same, even in terms of being pulled over for minor infractions, is one that has not fully permeated into white society. Still there is a sense amongst whites that one can trust the police, a sense that has clearly not permeated into Jerome's consciousness, despite his exemplary record in all other areas of his life, and his status as a competent, hard-working and law-abiding citizen.

The solution Jerome provided was thus accurate, that police should change their attitude, but not complete. The end to using stops as an intimidating technique for African-Americans must be eliminated altogether, not just officially, but unofficially within the organization in terms of private as well as public support by officers. This must also be accompanied by an end of suspect profiling solely in terms of race, a controversial solution in the light of current fears of terrorism, but a necessary one if respect for law enforcement is to be created in the African-American community.

Jerome, in terms of racial profiling, comes from an often-targeted group. He is a young, Black male, and even though educated, his level of articulation often creates conflict for him, as he is not deferential in his attitude or demeanor. He also comes from an urban background, which means that his encounters with police are frequent, yet he drives into suburbs to class, to his job, and to see friends, venues that are often all-white. This may increase his sense of injustice, of being victimized, because he finds himself so often in the minority, in his environment. However, his plea from experience for a change in police attitudes and an all-encompassing trust in police procedures in the white community is particularly eloquent, given the vehemence of his feeling for not only himself, but also his… [END OF PREVIEW]

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