Black in Blue: African-American Police Officers and Racism by Jr.,Ken Bolton

By Jr.,Ken Bolton

From ny to l. a., police departments around the kingdom are constantly accused of racism. even though traditionally white police precincts were slowly integrating during the last few a long time, African-American officials nonetheless stumble upon racism at the task. Bolton and Feagin have interviewed fifty veteran African-American law enforcement officials to supply real-life and vibrant examples of the problems and discrimination those officials face daily inside and out the police station from limitations in hiring and getting promoted to loss of belief from voters and contributors of black group.

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80 The workplaces of historically white police agencies, our focus, show patterns very much in line with the findings of this organizational research. The literature on contemporary policing reports data indicating that police officers have often created within their departments strong informal groups with a distinctive police subculture. ” Because of emotionally and physically stressful jobs and odd hours, as well as the fact that they do dangerous “dirty work” for the community, many police officers, today as in the past, socialize substantially with other officers off duty and thus often become more insulated from the civilian population than those who work in many other fields.

79 The norms and views of historically white enforcement coalitions within most employing organizations typically include racial stereotypes that caricature and problematize Americans of color. Not surprisingly, such views shape the character of the workplaces within which workers of color are being integrated. 80 The workplaces of historically white police agencies, our focus, show patterns very much in line with the findings of this organizational research. The literature on contemporary policing reports data indicating that police officers have often created within their departments strong informal groups with a distinctive police subculture.

Statements such as “I’m a product of the sixties demonstrations…and got arrested doing civil rights demonstrations” were periodically enunciated with pride. In addition, numerous officers quoted from or paraphrased speeches and statements by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while explaining their understandings of racialized social worlds. Moreover, while we were interviewing, we noticed that many of them have decorated their offices with objects that demonstrate pride in black people’s movements, struggles, and successes.

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