Ethical Society Without Walls Community Call -Racial Bias and Law Enforcement
Bart Worden, Leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester (White Plains, NY) and Institute graduate of Class 7, will be joining the Ethical Society Without Walls Community Call to discuss the issue of racial bias in law enforcement, our part in such bias, and thoughts about what we can do to make positive changes.
Bart has been taking action on this issue in Westchester and wrote "Police Officers Reflect Our Racial Bias," for the local Westchester newspaper the Journal News. I found this paragrah to be most thought-provoking:
But let's fact it: our law enforcement is a reflection of us. Our own attitudes, opinions, misperceptions and apprehensions are what drive the behavior of law enforcement. Our obsession with personal safety, our fear of people who don't look like us, our inattention to the lives of anyone who is not perceived as "our kind" lay the groundwork for racial bias and provide a sustaining environment for that bias.
Bart will be discussing this topic Sunday, April 22, 2012 (5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT and 8pm ET). To participate in the discussion the number to call is 866-740-1260, access code 5766842#. The call will last one hour.
Susan Rose, Leader Ethical Society Without Walls