sociologists statement on Ferguson

Last week, a group of 10 sociologists gathered at ASA to discuss the terrible situation in Ferguson.* Following that meeting, the group wrote up draft text for a statement. Here’s how they diagnose some of the larger problems:

Law enforcement’s hyper-surveillance of black and brown youth has created a climate of suspicion of people of color among police departments and within communities. The disrespect and targeting of black men and women by police departments across the nation creates an antagonistic relationship that undermines community trust and inhibits effective policing. Instead of feeling protected by police, many African Americans are intimidated and live in daily fear that their children will face abuse, arrest and death at the hands of police officers who may be acting on implicit biases or institutional policies based on stereotypes and assumptions of black criminality. Similarly, the police tactics used to intimidate protesters exercising their rights to peaceful assembly in Ferguson are rooted in the history of repression of African American protest movements and attitudes about blacks that often drive contemporary police practices.

If you are interested in signing the statement, you can do so here.

* I was not at the meeting, and thus cannot provide any details beyond what’s in these documents. Links to the petition were circulated by Alison Gerber, who can perhaps answer queries.

2 Comments

  1. Posted August 21, 2014 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Dan. I took the liberty of editing the link so it opens a new window, which I would find helpful for being able to refer to the statement itself in filling out the Google form.

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  2. Posted August 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for circulating this! Statement now has its own website, with the link to add your signature directly below the embedded doc: http://sociologistsforjustice.wordpress.com/public-statement/ we are on track to 500+ signatures in the next hour

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