(Original post by Howard)
Did it ever occur to these geniuses that black people don't feel that attracted to a career as a pig?
I was about to say the same thing, in so many words.
Being half-black myself, i've been around black people my whole life, and can attest that police aren't really liked by a lot of black people, particularly young black males, who see them as "pigs". Indeed, one black guy i know who joined the police force was quickly shunned by his friends, and even some of his family. There is a real chasm between the police and black people, due to a lack of trust because of the stories of racism, and because of the amount of petty criminals who are black. It is a fact that a disproportionate amiunt of black males commit crimes. Well, the police are the enemy of the criminal, so it follows that more black people won't like police.
Until the police are more open, and show they care about all races, and social issues are tackled so that many black people don't have to resort to crime to get out of financial holes, the problem will continue.
Personally, i would love to see more black people in the police. I know in my heart though, that is has little to do withh discrimination at the application process, and a lot to do with black people viewing the police in the same way that Howard describes: as pigs.
Getting more black people in the police would be easy. A lot of black males have the attributes needed to be policemen. They would be sympathetic to the plight of crime in poor communities, often having grown up in them. They are usually quite strong athletictypes- very good at chasing down robbers...very stereotypical, but i can get away with it, i'm half down with it.