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July 28, 2009
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Obama, Gates & Crowley: Where Do We Go From Here?
Sociological experts available for comment
As President Obama sits down with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates
Jr. and Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley on Thursday to discuss
over beers the recent scandal, sociologists Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and
Patricia Warren assert that racially biased policing should be on the
Tomaskovic-Devey and Warren, both sociologists with expertise in discrimination and racial profiling, write in a recent Contexts magazine article on the topic (http://bit.ly/HecmQ):
“[If the Obama Administration decides to take a national leadership role in ending racial profiling,] as sociologists we hope the administration won’t make the all too common mistake of assuming racial profiling is primarily the result of racial prejudice or even the more widespread psychology of unconscious bias.”
Tomaskovic-Devey and Warren are available to discuss the causes and
consequences of racial profiling as well as the policies, procedures
and community involvement that sociological research shows are
effective in reducing acts of racial discrimination and problematic
policing practices at the organizational level. They argue that racial
profiling is more often the result of organizational practices than
individual prejudices or racist attitudes.
For interviews, contact:
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, professor and chair, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: 413-658-8491 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Warren, assistant professor, College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University: 850-644-5587 (office), email@example.com
Read “Explaining and Eliminating Racial Profiling” in the spring 2009 issue of Contexts, a magazine published by the American Sociological Association to provide the lay public with an accessible and thought-provoking look at modern life through the lens of the research and expertise of prominent U.S. sociologists.
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