racial profiling http://wfpl.org en Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More http://wfpl.org/post/listen-news-special-louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-discusses-downtown-violence-walmart-and-more <p>Mayor Greg Fischer joined us &nbsp;Monday afternoon for an hour-long call-in special. He discussed the <a href="http://wfpl.org/term/2014-louisville-budget-proposal">city budget</a>, downtown violence (and the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/listen-misidentified-4-say-they-have-lost-faith-louisville-metro-police">alleged racial profiling</a> that followed in its wake), and other recent developments in Louisville.</p><p>Listen below:</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:20:20 +0000 Laura Ellis 9675 at http://wfpl.org Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study Expected To Be Released This Summer http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-polices-racial-profiling-study-expected-be-released-summer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The results of a &nbsp;year-long study to determine whether Louisville Metro Police officers racially profile when making traffic stops should be available “later this summer,” police officials said on Wednesday.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9643 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study Expected To Be Released This Summer In Kentucky, Number of People Claiming Discrimination Increases 30 Percent http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-number-people-claiming-discrimination-increases-30-percent <p>In the 2012-13 fiscal year, the number of people who contacted the Kentucky Human Rights Commission with possible discrimination incidents increased 30 percent compared to the same period a year before, according to an annual report.</p><p>The spike—3,020 to 2,231 in 2011-12—is attributed to the persistence of discrimination in Kentucky and also a marketing campaign that increased awareness of the commission's process, said Victoria Stephens, a spokeswoman for the state agency.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:51:44 +0000 Joseph Lord 7331 at http://wfpl.org In Kentucky, Number of People Claiming Discrimination Increases 30 Percent ACLU's Ezekiel Edwards: Scrapping Marijuana Laws the Way to Fix Racial Arrest Disparity http://wfpl.org/post/aclus-ezekiel-edwards-scrapping-marijuana-laws-way-fix-racial-arrest-disparity <p>The results from the ACLU's report saying that African-Americans are much more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession surprised the authors.&nbsp;</p><p>They figured <a href="/post/report-ky-african-americans-six-times-likelier-be-arrested-marijuana-possession">that a disparity would exist in the findings. </a>And they were right. What they didn't expect to find is that the disparity existed across the country in many types of community—urban&nbsp;and rural areas, places with large and small African-American populations.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 5661 at http://wfpl.org ACLU's Ezekiel Edwards: Scrapping Marijuana Laws the Way to Fix Racial Arrest Disparity Strange Fruit: Who Counts as a Terrorist? (Hint: White Guys Don't) http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-who-counts-terrorist-hint-white-guys-dont <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89734538&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>Terrorist.</strong></p><p>What image pops up in your mind when you hear that word? "When we think of the word 'terrorism,' most people get an image in their head of somebody who, of course, is a foreign national or somebody who's immigrated to the United States, who's Muslim, typically," explains clinical psychologist&nbsp;<a href="http://louisville.edu/psychology/people-1/faculty/chapman/chapman.html">Dr. Kevin Chapman</a>. "We think of things like violence. Guns. We think of airport screening."</p><p>Defining terrorism is challenging (<a href="http://www.humanrightsvoices.org/EYEontheUN/un_101/facts/?p=61">even for the United Nations</a>, apparently), but in common usage, it's an act of violence intended to intimidate or coerce, often for ideological reasons. The word itself has a <a href="http://www.humanrightsvoices.org/EYEontheUN/un_101/facts/?p=61">long and emotional history</a>, but t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">his week, we were interested in how that word is applied, or <em>not</em> applied, following mass killings like the Boston bombing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We in America tend to react differently to terrorism depending on the ethnic, demographic, religious, and national profile of the alleged assailant," explains David Sirota. David is a political commentator who wrote a piece for Salon called <em><a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/04/16/lets_hope_the_boston_marathon_bomber_is_a_white_american/">Let's Hope the Boston Marathon Bomber is a White American</a>.</em> In it, he points out the double standard in public reaction to mass killings. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If the perpetrator is white, like in many recent shooting cases, it will be seen as an isolated incident, an aberration, possibly related to mental illness. We'll likely hear folks on TV mention how many hours a day the shooter spent playing video games. Any political fallout will probably be limited to gun control debate and will not involve taking action against the attacker's nation of origin, or adding surveillance against people who share his background. Or <a href="http://www.timwise.org/2013/04/terrorism-and-privilege-understanding-the-power-of-whiteness/">as Tim Wise wrote</a> last week, "[I]f he's an Italian American Catholic we won't bomb the Vatican."</span></p><p>We spoke to Sirota this week about his piece, and the fallout from it. "My email box has been filled with the worst kind of anti-Semitic, racial epithets from the n-word to everything, for simply raising a point that should be obvious."</p><p>That reaction reveals just how deeply invested some folks are in their need to believe these acts are committed by people who are <em>not like them</em>. To understand what it is in our psychology that spurs this need to categorize "them" and "us," we called on friend to the show Dr. Chapman. "It's human nature to categorize, and unfortunately we dichotomize too often:&nbsp;ingroup, outgroup," he explains. &nbsp;"We lump groups of individuals and profile them as a result, and that maintains our ingroup ideology."</p><p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 15:36:16 +0000 Laura Ellis 5168 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Who Counts as a Terrorist? (Hint: White Guys Don't) Metro Police to Conduct Racial Profiling Study http://wfpl.org/post/metro-police-conduct-racial-profiling-study <p>The Louisville Metro Police Department will conduct a study to determine if officers are racially profiling residents when making traffic stops.</p><p>During the Metro Council budget hearings, Police Chief Steve Conrad testified that since being sworn-in he has been asked at several community meetings if officers pull over African-Americans more than whites.</p><p>Before city and county governments merged, the old city collected data on the race of individuals who were pulled over or detained, but quit analyzing the data after a few years.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:48:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 646 at http://wfpl.org Metro Police to Conduct Racial Profiling Study