Black UCLA Professor Collecting Data on Racial Profiling

Zenitha Prince, Afro, October 16, 2013

A new national database on racial profiling, the first ever in the United States, will break new ground in promoting equity in law enforcement, researchers and activists said.

“You’re not going to see anybody marching about it, but getting this data all together in one place may be the most revolutionary act in promoting racial equity in law enforcement,” said Phillip Atiba Goff, a Black social psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Center for Policing Equity.

Goff recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create the database. The expert on racial profiling said the impetus was the feedback from law enforcement departments across the country who said they “desperately” needed someone to come in and help them tackle the issue. But the lack of a standardized system of data collection made that difficult, he said.

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Racial profiling has been a longtime scourge upon Black and Brown people in America. In cases from the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, to attacks on dozens of Black men and boys each year by police officers, the motivation for violence perpetrated on Blacks is often attributed to racial profiling.

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At first, overtly racist attitudes formed the main impetus of racial profiling in America. In modern times, however, that explanation is much too “simple,” Goff said.

“Inequality is going up at the same time that racial prejudice is going down. So we have to come up with a different explanation for what is happening,” he said.

Covert racism based on stereotypes about a racial or ethnic group can lead to racial profiling and sometimes situations can create disparate outcomes even without explicit or implicit bias, Goff said.

The UCLA professor said he hopes the database will help foster more understanding of the phenomenon and become a tool to promote fairer policing and also better inform and engage the community in the law enforcement process.

Initially, the database will include data from 30-70 police departments across the country on pedestrian stops, vehicle stops and police use of force.

“At the end of this process we will have a set of standards for how to collect racial profiling data,” Goff said. “We’re [also] hoping that from this data and analyses we can come up with an algorithm to measure racial profiling.”

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  • “Collecting data on racial profiling”

    Humbug. He’s probably collecting arrest and incarceration stats, comparing them to population stats, and then whining about the gap and profiling in earnest. Anything more complicated than that is too much like work.

    “Inequality is going up at the same time that racial prejudice is going down. So we have to come up with a different explanation for what is happening,” he said.

    Translation: Find a new, novel, fresh way to blame whitey that the crackers will buy.

    • So CAL Snowman

      What I would like to see is the racial profiling stats vs. the crime rate of the areas where racial profiling supposedly occurred. I’m betting you’ll NEVER see that overlay!

  • libertarian1234

    “Black UCLA Professor Collecting Data on Racial Profiling”

    The only thing we can be certain of is that the results are known beforehand and the figures and “stats” will be adjusted to conform to whatever outcome he wants to portray.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Get ready for more ACLU/NAACP/Eric Holder lawsuits against the police and a resulting increase in crime.

  • Whitetrashgang

    No it couldn’t be that Blacks and browns cause more crime than whites and are more violent, no there must be a different reason they get arrested.I suspect racism,shhh don’t tell anyone, can we go home now?

  • Jesse James

    Same old academic song and dance. I wonder if they offer graduate degrees now in “shining on” the white man.

  • I’m a proud racial profiler. Stereotyping the Diversity saves my life every day.

  • Spartacus

    ….

    • So CAL Snowman

      If the government were really that stupid they would occasionally do something or make a mistake that was GOOD for White people.

  • Son of Galton

    Police too much, and you’re profiling them. Police too little, and you’re neglecting them. Rock, meet hard place.

    • IanJMacDonald

      Back when I was on the force, we used to have a saying. “The rich are served, the middle class are appeased, and the poor are policed.”

  • MekongDelta69

    I’ve said this a million times before, and I’ll probably say it a million times hence:

    Put White cops in White neighborhoods.
    Put black cops in black neighborhoods.
    Put brown cops in brown neighborhoods.
    Put yellow cops in yellow neighborhoods.
    Put red cops in the reservations.

    There – done. And I didn’t even need a grant from the PC-groveling National Science Foundation.

    • bigone4u

      I like your idea, but if Obama/Holder has his way there will soon be no more white neighborhoods.

    • JohnEngelman

      The problem is that not enough blacks pass the mental aptitude test. I read somewhere that the average IQ for a police officer is 105.

  • Luca

    “Covert racism based on stereotypes about a racial or ethnic group can lead to racial profiling …”

    Shouldn’t that read:

    Overt realism based on experience with a racial or ethnic group can lead to racial profiling and reduced crime..

  • JDInSanD

    “Racial profiling has been a longtime scourge upon Black and Brown people in America.”

    Re-write: Black and Brown People have been a longtime scourge upon America.

    And isn’t the National Science Foundation supposed to do science?

  • Jefferson

    That affirmative action Bantu is extremely overpaid.

  • APaige

    Inequality is going up at the same time that racial prejudice is going down”, that is because the worse thing to happen to blacks is ‘freedom’. Just look at the black family, black community, and other black social markers such as crime, since the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Afro is a scholarly website?

    • Raydonn

      Oh, of course, on par with Science Quarterly, etc……………

    • ThomasER916

      Yes. It’s full of Afro-Scholars. Barack Bless Affirmative Blaction!

  • The quick solution to this “problem” would be to decriminalize everything. Instead of requiring that offenses be committed before an arrest is made, we could just use a random arrest lottery. This would completely eliminate any racial disparity. It would also end the sex and age bias in incarceration, as a random lottery would result in increased incarceration of elderly women.

  • bigone4u

    The Barney Fife, Sheriff Andy poster put up by Spartacus got me thinking about the lost episode, where this dialog was exchanged:
    Barney: Andy, I’m tellin’ ya, we’re gonna git in trouble with the Feds for stoppin’ too many Negroes. We’re gonna git in trouble. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya. Don’t say it cause I warned ya.
    Andy: Now, Barn, don’t go gittin’ all riled up over nuthin’. We’re jist doin’ our job.
    Barney: Look, here comes one. Here comes a ole white lady. Did ya see that? She dropped a chewin’ gum wrapper on the sidewalk. I’m writin’ her up for litterin’. You there! Stop in the name of the law. (Draws gun from holster.)
    Andy: (Shaking his head with an exasperated look on his face.) Barn!
    Barney: I’m writin’ her up. Too many Negroes, Andy. Gotta write up more white persons or the Feds are comin’ after us. Oh boy, oh boy. I’ve got us a ole white lady. I deserve a raise for this, Andy. The Feds are gonna pin a medal on me for this.
    Andy: (Shakes his head.)

  • Funruffian

    “At the end of this process we will have a set of standards for how to collect racial profiling data,” Goff said. “We’re [also] hoping that from this data and analyses we can come up with an algorithm to measure racial profiling.”
    Isn’t that a fancy way of reiterating what he initially said in the first sentence. These Black professors are so redundant. They just think that inserting a few big words here and there in sentences will make them look intellectual.

    • Assistant Professor Shoe-Shine Boy is obsessed with profiling, but what exactly is he suggesting as a substitute? If I’m walking my daughter to the library, I look like a white guy out with his kid. I don’t have my pants sagging, I’m clean-cut, wear wire-framed glasses, and I don’t have any tattoos, let alone on my face or neck. I hold her hand when we cross the streets. I don’t wear “afawete” clothes eight sizes too big. In other words, my appearance draws no attention to me at all, and neither does my behavior. A policeman watching me would see nothing to cue any sort of suspicion, even though I am a convicted federal felon on the Terrorist Watch List.

      Cops are people too, and as such must rely on training and professional experience to do their job.

  • IanJMacDonald

    They call it “racial profiling.” I call it “commonsense detective work.”

  • JohnEngelman

    A new national database on racial profiling, the first ever in the United States, will break new ground in promoting equity in law enforcement, researchers and activists said.

    – Zenitha Prince, Afro, October 16, 2013

    By “equity” do they mean they want as many middle aged white women in maximum security prisons as young black men?

    I do not want equity in law enforcement. I want the police to prevent crimes before they happen. That means that they should scrutinize the behavior of young black men.

    • Alexandra1973

      A good crime-prevention measure would mean deportation. Or repatriation, result’s the same.

      • JohnEngelman

        The problem is that no one else wants them.

        • Didn’t Ghana offer all New World black interlopers citizenship a few years ago?

          • ThomasER916

            It’s true. Ghana offered citizenship for American blacks to move, own land and own businesses in Ghana. All it did was provided plenty of embarrassing stories of Affirmative Action college grads. There are so many stories of blacks who bought land and open shops but had no customers.

            Blacks and Liberals don’t know or understand the struggle of whites to create civilization. They’re so indoctrinated they believe blacks “built America.” This indoctrination leads them to believe that blacks can simply move to Africa and “build America.” America was built by white Christians and thrived for the same reason. The less white and Christian America gets the worse it becomes.

        • Luca

          They will take them for money. We spend anywhere from $18k to $40k (if not more) per convict per year. Many money-hungry countries would be happy to take $5k per year. I would also predicate foreign aid on those countries willing to help us out with our overwhelming inmate problem. The more we take out of the gene pool the better.

          • ThomasER916

            While that’s a good idea, it would be cheaper to give them nothing. We already give Africa billions. It doesn’t fix Africa because like America the problem IS Africans.

            We could simply dump them off on the coast of West Africa and say nothing. Now they can experience the generosity of Africa.

        • ThomasER916

          Who cares what anyone else wants?

          • JohnEngelman

            It you want to deport millions of people it sort of matters.

  • TiffanyS

    “Inequality is going up at the same time that racial prejudice is going down. So we have to come up with a different explanation for what is happening,” he said.

    Translation: ‘I’m trying to figure out how can we blame this on white people.’

  • Raydonn

    I believe the case is settled, these cretins are fully delusional……perhaps if they (blacks/browns) DIDN’T commit ~90% of the crimes in our nation things would be different…….

  • Erasmus

    Your tax dollars at work. Anyone still not figured out why the US is going broke, and Billy and Susie can’t read? (Forget about Shaqwanna and Shitavious. They still can’t count to 100 without making at least 1 or 2 mistakes.)

  • DaveMed

    Because it is undisputed fact that blacks commit violent crimes at higher rates than whites, failing to profile would be an act of ignoring statistics – i.e., an act that is anti-scientific (mathematical) reality.

    Tell that to a liberal, and watch them scramble to come up with an answer. Fun, I assure you.