I will use a video from YouTube, “Prejudice & Discrimination: Crash Course Psychology #39” as a cultural artifact for my research project. In this video, the speaker talks about how policer officers now days can be prejudice along with gender, ethnic, socioeconomic status, and culture. Like mentioned in my previous presentation, police officers in different countries have different attitudes toward citizens. In the United States, police officers have strong power over any other police officers in other countries and they may have unacceptable judgement towards citizens or criminals.
In this video, the speaker gave an example of discrimination: In 1999, a young black man was dead with 19 shots from police officers. The police officers thought he looked suspicious and a 23-year-old young man tried to reach for his wallet to get his ID to show the police officers but the officers shot him even before he took out his ID. This example shows that police officers have way much power in this country and innocent citizens have been dying because of their prejudgement. I cannot say that the 23-year-old man who died in 1999 is innocent, but the officers could have waited until he pulled out his ID and listen what his intention was.
I think this video can be very helpful for my research project. After watching this video, now I have more thoughts about the word “power” in relation to police officers. Personally, prejudice and discrimination cannot be part of police officers judgement when they come to pull out their guns.