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If race is not real, why do cops use race/color in order to identify criminals?

Why do cops always have to write down every criminal's race? Race is not real, just a social construct. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The reason why race is used by law enforcement is because celtic people wanted to be mixed with ethnic Germanic people in the crime statistics so that they hide celtic people's criminality. If police went by specific ethnicity rather than race, celtic people would be very high in the crime statistics which celtic people do not want. If there was a black ethnic group that had very low criminality and they were mixed in with a black ethnic group that had very high criminality then black people would have the same ciminality percentage levels as white people. Ethnic celtic people are the people who constantly say that black people have high criminality to make it so people do not look at celtic people's high criminality.

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  • 1 month ago

    You just answered your own question.  Criminals sometimes can be identified by a social construct.

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  • 1 month ago

    People come in all different shades of colours. A person’s skin colour is as identifiable as eye color and hair color. So it is important to list a person’s skin colour because it is an identifier.

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  • F
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    The police catch few enough criminals as it is without hampering them further by not being able to know a significant physical detail about them. 

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  • 1 month ago

    If a criminal has red hair/tattoos etc is also added. Has nothing to do with 'race', but extra information to identify criminal.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Skincolour is real

    saying "race" is just an abuse of the word

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  • Craig
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    The term "race" is used on forms, driver's licenses, et cetera.  It is there for a very specific reason - which is the SAME reason police forms use it:  It suggests what a person looks like.  So it can be useful in identifying someone of interest (like a suspect or witness), or in validating that the person presenting the license or other papers is the person listed on them.  (On driver's licenses that now incorporate a photo, you'll notice the "race" entry usually disappeared when the photo was added.)  If you're a police officer looking for a person, one of the easiest things to distinguish about any individual is their external appearance - particularly skin colour and hair colour.  The term "race" is used as a shorthand for "external appearance".  Just because the police need quick descriptors to pick out individuals from the public does NOT validate the idea that all humanity is biologically divided into clades that each have characteristic strengths and weaknesses - which is how most believers in "race" would describe their belief.

    People who insist that "There's no such thing as 'race'" are not saying there are no genetic differences between people, or no big groups of people, planet-wide, each of which is composed of people whose genes give them pronounced similarity in external appearance.  Both those things are true, and nobody's saying they aren't.

    The "race-deny-ers" simply believe that, aside from external appearance and some attending differences in how some drugs or diseases work, there are NO other significant distinctions between people.  Specifically, they believe that you can't reach conclusions or pre-judge what any individual is/isn't capable of, or what they are/aren't prone to do, based on their external appearance (what others would say was based on their "race").  They believe the concept of "race" isn't able to predict that with any accuracy, so the only thing it's good for aside from maybe helping identification is...well, nothing.

    Whether you buy that or not - that's up to you.  But the fact that police forms have a space for a person's "race" to be indicated doesn't mean anything, as far as the validity of the idea.  You don't see scientists basing their studies on whether they've found some word listed on a form somewhere.  Anybody can create a form, whether they understand what they're putting on it or not.  So that fact doesn't resolve the debate over whether to believe in "race" as a means of rank-ordering peoples by appearance, or not.  (Nor does just repeating "race is real" or "race isn't real".)

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  • 2 months ago

    Because it is real.  If it wasn't we'd have justice here.

    • Snoopy
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Lol, you mean racial discrimination is real, he is saying race. The human species is a single species. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Forensic scientists classify people by race. Race is real.

    • Snoopy
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Really, could you name any forensic psychologist doing this? As from what I know that would be illegal and I have known many forensic scientists and they never mentioned race was relevant to their research. Since you are writing this, you must know, could you name this person to me? 

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  • Snoopy
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    That's the mob, it is not the police. We don't know what these so called police officers do, only the State can know and investigates it.

    I think someone writes down someone's race is a criminal, because he is in violation of the constitution. But that is just based on my compulsory knowledge of it.  

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