Crime has changed throughout the years, with modern day crime falling in sharp decline, with crimes falling in range of early to late 1960’s, due to the combined efforts of the police and racial profiling. Racial profiling is an effective tool, but it is flawed, with the majority of minorities being heavily critical on how the method is used against them to discriminate and harass. It is agreed by many that this tool should remain, but should be changed to fit today's society.
Statistically crime has been in rapid decline, with instances of it falling drastically from the 1990’s to 2010, Racial Profiling and profiling has been beneficial towards this decline with police using both to identify the most likely culprit of the crime, with the police taking to account the approximate age, ethnicity, height, and build of the suspect. With both being used, it is one of the most effective tools the police department has in combating crime during and before it manifests.
In the recent citywide crime statistic offered by the NYPD in their official web page on 2018, it shows that most crimes committed in the city come from a pool of different races, with the African American community coming in first for murder, rape, robbery, assault, with The Latino/Hispanic community coming in second, followed by Whites, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and other races
Racial profiling has helped law enforcement throughout the years, but there is no denying the dark origin, and past instances of this method usage throughout American History. Examples of Racial profiling is its usage against African Americans before and after slavery by way of the Jim Crow laws, and also against the Japanese during WWII following the attack on Pearl Harbor, with more than 100,000 Japanese immigrants and their children being detained, in fear of where their loyalty lay. Although it is true that in the past Racial profiling was used as a form of racism, it is of the utmost importance that we rectify the mistake of our past society in order, to keep racial profiling while also improving it, so that these mistakes don’t happen again.
The topic of Racial profiling will always be debated among both pro and anti groups, but what should be done in order for things to be settled, should be for both groups to come to an understanding that both racial profiling and common decency could be used in order to improve, and stop the past and current iteration of racial profiling, with the improved version of racial profiling taking over as the sole method of profiling with the usage of discrimination and harassment being absolutely abolished from the idea of Racial Profiling.
Video Games do not Cause Violence
Video games have become a central focus on today's media captivating different people and age groups with reasons varying from the games visuals, story, soundtrack, or play style. Today games continue to become more influential in today's pop culture, with many people starting to make assumptions that video games are the cause of mass violence and domestic terrorism, although video games were made only made for entertainment purposes.
A game that has been heavily praised and criticized is the Mortal Kombat series, which introduced a new concept to the fighting game industry by inputting a certain command the player was able to perform a fatality, which were finishers used after defeating an opponent. With the popularity that the game received with fatalities, there were also criticisms from the American public and parents who were concerned over the belief that these fatalities were influencing their children into becoming more rebellious and violent.
With the controversies behind the Mortal Kombat and other games for their use of video game violence, on September 16, 1994 the Entertainment Software Association, established the ESRB rating, which began to provide information to both consumers and parents about the games purchased, and began to separate video games by age groups with I.D.’s being needed in order to buy violent video games.
Today games are being used as a scapegoat and also wrongfully coming back under fire, with shooter games such as the Call of Duty series being called out after the 2019 El Paso and Dayton shooting, by President Trump and politicians for being a driving “cause” of those events. In a press conference in the White House, President Trump implied that video games are the problem and the main cause for the shootings, with the former being “A culture that celebrates violence”.
It is true that some video games are unnecessarily violent, and it might influence aggressive tendencies, with the American psychological association finding “consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect''. Although video games may cause teens to be more prone to aggressive tendencies from it’s violent nature, it does not cause mass shootings, with shooters often being exposed to video games.
What should be done instead is for people to acknowledge video games aren’t the problem, and should focus on different solutions to overcome shootings like improved background checks, the banning of assault rifles to the public and high capacity magazines, while also pinpointing the actual cause of these tragedies instead of a narrow minded view towards video games. Video games are being used as a convenient scapegoat, the longer it takes for people to realize it the longer it hinders any progress in finding any real solutions for mass violence in America.