Interracial and Interethnic Conflict

More than four decades after the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have Dream” speech, Americans are still struggling to achieve equality and peace among people of different races and ethnicities. The criminal justice system is one of many arenas in which equality and peace still have not been fully realized. The number of minorities in criminal justice professions is increasing, perhaps due to mechanisms such as affirmative action and other nongovernmental initiatives. Interracial and interethnic conflicts, however, continue to create problems in criminal justice workplaces.

For this Discussion, you think about whether or not there is a continued need for the criminal justice system to have mechanisms in place to ensure representation of racial and ethnic minorities in criminal justice professions. Then, you think about interracial and interethnic conflict among criminal justice professionals, and you consider how these types of conflict could be addressed.

Post by Day 2 an explanation of whether or not there is a continued need for the criminal justice system to have mechanisms in place to ensure representation of racial and ethnic minorities in criminal justice professions. Then explain one way the criminal justice system might address interracial and interethnic conflict. Justify your response with references to the literature and Learning Resources.

One and a half page with at least two reference…

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  • Course Text: Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice
    • Chapter 7, “Exclusion, Inclusion, and Violence: Immigrants and Criminal Justice”
    • Chapter 11, “Women’s Difference in the Criminal Justice System: Constructions of Victims, Offenders, and Workers”
    • Chapter 22, “Reinvestigating Difference”
  • Article: Jordan, W. T., Fridell, L., Faggiani, D., & Kubu, B. (2009). Attracting females and racial/ethnic minorities to law enforcement. Journal of Criminal Justice, 37(4), 333–341.
  • Article: O’Neill, M., & Holdaway, S. (2007). Examining “window dressing”: Rhe views of black police associations on recruitment and training. Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies, 33, 483–500. 
  • Article: Thompson, R. A. (2006). Black skin—Brass shields: Assessing the presumed marginalization of black law enforcement executives. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 30(2), 163–177. 
  • Article: White, M. D. (2008). Identifying good cops early: Predicting recruit performance in the academy. Police Quarterly, 11(1), 27–49.
  • Article: White, M. D., Cooper, J. A., Saunders, J., & Raganella, A. J. (2010). Motivations for becoming a police officer: Re-assessing officer attitudes and job satisfaction after six years on the street. Journal of Criminal Justice, 38, 520–530. 
  • Article: Stokes, L. D., & Scott, J. F. (1996). Affirmative action and selected minority groups in law enforcement. Journal of Criminal Justice, 24(1), 29–38.
  • Article: Tartaro, C., & Krimmel, J. T. (2003). The effect of race on criminal justice students’ career choices. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 28(1), 109–124.

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