Originally Posted by suited
Profiling is innate. All animals do it. Black Americans, especially those dressed and behaving in a certain manner, will continue to be considered more dangerous as long as 13% of the population is committing half of all murders. Media shaming can't change human nature.
My point is really that you are over-simplifying cause and effect here. It's easy to say, "Cops are more violent toward black people because black people are more violent toward society," but that's not good for much beyond giving cops an excuse. This can't be about blame or excuses. It has to be about building the society we actually want to live in. In order to do that, we have to be very critical of our own biases, and dig deep to understand root causes.
You say that black Americans commit a disproportionately high percent of murders. Why is that happening? Do the murders committed by black Americans look the same as the murders committed by white Americans? If not, how are they different? Is it really that black Americans commit more crime, or is it that poor Americans commit more crime and blacks are disproportionately poor?
There are a lot more questions to ask, and few easy answers. The point is this: when we make excuses, however valid, normalize behavior and in doing so perpetuate the broken society in which we live. In order to start working toward improving society, we have to be willing to say, "This is wrong. The world should be this way. Let's figure out how to fix it."