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.
- Anonymous1 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.
- Bulldog reduxLv 71 month ago
You just answered your own question. Criminals sometimes can be identified by a social construct.
- NPG StarlettLv 41 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.
- FLv 61 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.
- ZirpLv 72 months ago
Skincolour is real
saying "race" is just an abuse of the word
- CraigLv 52 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".)
- Brother XLv 52 months ago
Because it is real. If it wasn't we'd have justice here.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Forensic scientists classify people by race. Race is real.
- SnoopyLv 62 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.