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Snap decisions and race

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | January 9, 2015

One issue sparking off from the fiery debate around the police shootings of black men is the extent to which Americans simply react negatively to seeing black – whether it is a police officer making a life-and-death split-second decision about the threat a black man poses, a store clerk tracking a black customer in a … Continue reading »

Banning, yet institutionalizing, racial profiling

Jack Glaser, associate professor of public policy | December 22, 2014

Whenever I tell people that I study racial profiling, they exclaim how timely the work is.  It is in fact not so much timely as timeless. It seems like there is always a story involving Black suspects and excessive policing.  When the specifics are shocking, as in the Garner case, and they gain media attention, … Continue reading »