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NCJ Number: 220241 Find in a Library
Title: Police Discourse on Racial Profiling
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:23  Issue:3  Dated:August 2007  Pages:239-247
Author(s): Karen S. Glover
Date Published: August 2007
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Through in-depth interviews with police officers, this study examined how police account for racial profiling in hopes of a better understanding of racial and ethnic status issues in police-minority relations.
Abstract: The “White boy in a no White boy zone” story line invoked by many of the officers avoids the racial imagery common to contemporary racial profiling discourse. By discussing the racial profiling of a White individual, the minority experience with racial profiling is, in effect, diminished. This analysis supports the work of Bonilla-Silva (2001) (which states that discourse analysis can “uncover the frames, racetalk, and storylines (rhetorical devices) that help lubricate a racial order at a particular historical juncture”), suggesting that rhetorical strategies have developed in the color-blind era to express racialized issues in ways that appear non-racial. As central actors in the phenomenon, the police view is noticeably absent from research on racial profiling. Given the prominence of “color-blind” racial ideology in the face of disparate opinions about the police between minorities and Whites in the United States, police discourse on racial profiling bears examination. This study employed in-depth interviews of 11 patrol officers in the Novad (a fictitious name), Texas Police Department about racial profiling. References
Main Term(s): Police attitudes
Index Term(s): Minority overrepresentation; Police-citizen interactions; Police-minority relations; Race relations; Racial discrimination
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