Order in Society

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Keeping order in any society depends fundamentally on a police force to enforce laws and punish transgressors. However, a constant problem cities face has been not only ensuring that policemen do not abuse the power and authority they are given, but that no personal bias enters into their work. Police brutality against citizens involves the use of excessive force when physical action is unnecessary, and it springs from factors such as the race, religion, and socioeconomic status of civilians. Misconduct and violence by the police can occur during protests and demonstrations, or everyday encounters with citizens. Much of the police brutality in the last few decades of American history can be identified to be dependent on racial factors, especially in the South. However, this trend is slowly reversing. As social conversation in the United States moves away from racial issues and towards economic disparity, police brutality will become less of a factor of race and more dependent on the apparent economic status of citizens.

As the big social issue of the mid-to-late 19th century can be said to have been racism, it is clear that economic disparity and financial problems have come to dominate voters’ minds today. Race has largely stopped being a social issue, since, while still decades away from a ‘colorblind’ state, the interpretation of the Constitution, legal system, and overall feelings in America have taken a huge leap towards impartiality. On the contrary, economic disparity is the focus of today’s protests, as the average citizen’s awareness of income inequality rises. In 1972, only 67% of all Americans agreed income inequality was growing - today, that number is over 83% (Cavaille). Thus, the collective mind of the United S...

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