Should there be racial diversity in law enforcement?

Posted by: tajshar2k

  • Yes

  • No

46% 6 votes
54% 7 votes
  • Employment should be based on someone's skills, not the color of their skin.

  • Second Haroush's comment. All law enforcement, regardless of race, need to meet predetermined criteria, education, etc. Anything less invites incompetence and/or corruption. This especially applies to political authorities over the police force. The best police officers around are useless if their hands are tied by incompetent and corrupt politicians.

  • When choosing police officers, race should not be one of the things taken into consideration. I'm not against "diversity" in the police force, but what, exactly, we're voting on here hasn't been made clear either.

  • That would be racist.

    Posted by: Bob13
  • Choose based off of skill. not race

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brahmeek says2015-09-12T16:19:38.5487867Z
Isn't there already racial diversity
MakeSensePeopleDont says2015-09-12T19:13:17.2627729Z
@tajshar2k -- Could you please elaborate on your topic. Do you mean should there be mandatory racial diversity monitored and enforced by law? This already exists, It's called EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity), specifically the numerical goals subsection of the law mandating all organizations employing citizens must meet a minimum ratio of whites to all other races, men to women, etc. || Or, do you mean INCREASING racial diversity by shrinking the gap between whites and all other races? First off, you cannot force any demographic(s) of citizens to increase their own interest in law enforcement to shrink this gap. Look at all the riots, murders, etc. being committed presently under proven false pretenses. Now could you imagine what would happen if the government went across the nation, holding town halls from coast to coast, pressuring, if not forcing, the communities to collectively select around 150,000 black Americans to join the force? Furthermore, when those black Americans that were pressured into the force begin dying on the job, do you understand the MASSIVE violent riots that would ensue, led by the cries of racism? The black community would then start rightfully asserting that the U.S. government was the cause of those deaths due to enforcement of new racist laws which forced black men into those hazardous jobs even though they had no interest in them; not only committing racism, but also violating their civil rights while using their authority and power to remove core freedoms given to every American citizen. What a nightmare....Not to mention the cost of the lawsuits and damages from riots. Conversely, you cannot just simply fire white officers by eliminating their positions in order to close the gap as this would decrease the police presence across the nation and lead to a massive rise in crime rates. || Moving into the data and statistics realm of this topic, both the FBI and the Census Bureau confirm that at in 1987, minorities in law enforcement totaled 15% of the population; as of 2012, this had risen to 27%, just under a 100% increase (or doubling) of minority presence. Taking into account the Census Bureau's confirmation of white Americans totaling 77% of the nation's population as of 2013, leaving 33% spread between all other races plus undefined; one can easily, happily and logically say that the minority population of 33% contributing to 27% of the law enforcement community is a VERY acceptable ratio and well within any reasonable tolerances enforced...Without even accounting for the continually increasing minority population in law enforcement.
TBR says2015-09-13T02:52:57.0287789Z
Brian!!! Always miss your absence
chandlerrouse says2015-09-15T03:55:44.5814829Z
Yes and those of you who said no are all raving idiots.
PericIes says2015-09-15T04:27:52.3647001Z
@chandlerrouse While I may be a raving idiot, my answer to this poll is not what would make me one. For one thing, this is a difficult question to answer with a simple "yes" or "no." I don't think that race should be a factor when choosing police officers. Therefore, I'm not for or against diversity. I'm neutral. The reason that I said "no" was because the question said "should." This, to me, in this context, implies forceful diversification, which is ludicrous. Thus, I chose "no."
briantheliberal says2015-09-15T04:46:26.8884769Z
The people who voted 'no' are simply continuing the same tired narrative we hear from your typical white supremacist when anyone mentions "diversity". They always respond using the same rhetoric - "Oh it should be about skill not about race" "Considering race is racist" - But the thing is, NOBODY said skill didn't matter, or that race should be the ONLY factor to consider. The question is asking SHOULD there be racial diversity in law enforcement and the answer is always, yes, as with mostly everything else. Studies have proven time and time again that there is a problem with the lack of representation of minorities and women in various fields due to heavy discrimination and bias. And quite frankly, no one particular demographic should overwhelmingly represent anything in a diverse country like the United States, especially in law enforcement which is a government institution, because they almost always run things in their favor at the expense of those who have less power in society.
briantheliberal says2015-09-15T04:50:03.1256213Z
And to point out, white men make up 30% of the U.S. population yet also comprise of 66% of all police officers and 95% of prosecutors. Yet people wonder why minorities are overwhelmingly targeted and discriminated against when it comes to law enforcement. THAT is part of the problem. Start by being more inclusive of qualified people of color.
PericIes says2015-09-15T04:55:22.7466165Z
Please keep saying things Brian. You're adorably hilarious, although whether that's intentional or not I've yet to find out. You would fit in well on Tumblr.
briantheliberal says2015-09-15T05:06:42.6120485Z
Pericles, when you somehow acquire the ability to form some kind of logical refutation, instead of throwing asinine and condescending jabs at people who disagree with you, let me know. Until then, stay immature.
USN276 says2015-09-16T03:42:34.9988399Z
It's absurd to hire certain cops for their race. Officers who are skilled should obtain the job. Not because your black or hispanic
tajshar2k says2015-09-16T18:36:29.2916511Z
True, but it makes sense to send black cops to black areas. I don't think anybody is saying to make random black dudes into cops. Their is racial tension between Whites and Blacks. People are voted No are usually the one who hate PC, but this is PC.
BLVCKSHINIGVMI says2015-09-16T18:40:46.9790583Z
Can someone enlighten me on this? I really don't see why we need black cops in black area. Is it to be less racial? Or something idk
tajshar2k says2015-09-16T18:42:45.9165079Z
It's to prevent racial tension between blacks and whites. It makes complete sense. The white cop isn't losing his job or anything.
BLVCKSHINIGVMI says2015-09-16T18:45:00.4540182Z
Oh ok in that case I agree with that 100%. It would be a lot better that way.

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