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The liberal left really wants to bridge the perceived racial divide in America. When Barack Obama was president, they hoped that would help expedite the change. But it only seemed to bring out more acts of violence and racial protest. It didn’t smooth things over like they’d hoped, but revealed the “race war” going on inside America. According to the City Journal, Heather Mac Donald cited a Stanford University study that found subjectively that police officers in Oakland, California are ruder to African American drivers than they are to white people and people of other races. Scroll down to read a quote from City Journal about this study.
“In June, a team of nine Stanford psychologists, linguists, and computer scientists released a paper purporting to show that Oakland police treat black drivers less respectfully than white ones. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, elicited a huzzah from the press. The Washington Post, the New York Times, and Science, among many other outlets gave it prominent play.
“‘Police officers are significantly less respectful toward black motorists during routine traffic stops than they are toward white drivers,” the New York Times wrote.
“Reading the coverage, one expected reports of cops cursing at black drivers, say, or peremptorily ordering them around, or using the N-word. Instead, the most ‘disrespectful’ officers utterance that the researchers presented was: “Steve, can I see that driver’s license again? It, it’s showing suspended. Is that – that’s you?” The second most ‘disrespectful’ was: “All right, my man. Do me a favor. Just keep your hands on the steering wheel real quick.”
The source goes on to explain more about the study.
“This latest study analyzed officer body-camera footage from 981 car stops that Oakland officers made during April 2014. Blacks were 682 of the drivers in those stops, whites 299. The resulting officer-driver conversations yielded 36,738 discrete officer utterances. In the first phase of the study, college students rated 414 of those officer utterances (1.1 percent of the total) for levels of respect. The students were shown what, if anything, the driver said immediately preceding each officer statement but were not shown any more of the earlier interaction between officer and driver. They were not told the race of the driver or officer or anything else about the stop. The students rated police utterances to white drivers as somewhat more respectful than those to black drivers, though the officers were equally “formal” as the researchers defined it with drivers of both races…
“The researchers turned their computers loose on all 36,738 officer utterances, using the 22-category rating system. They found that officers’ utterances toward white drivers scored somewhat higher in respect than utterances toward black drivers, even after controlling for whether the stop resulted in a search, citation, arrest, or warning.
“(Black drivers were 15 times more likely to be arrested than whites.) Black officers scored the same as white officers in respect toward black and white drivers. White drivers were 57 percent more likely than black drivers to hear something from the top 10 percent of the respect categories, and black drivers were 61 percent more likely to hear something form the bottom 10 percent of the disrespect categories.”
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