Unformatted text preview: Wilson and Kelling are addressing the idea of community building at the local level. As mirrored in many cities (including Seattle) these community watch programs can be an effective means toward reducing street crime. In addition, the concept of personal responsibility is something that is easily lost in the myriad of people present in large urban centers. But, to genuflect to "days of old" where "people knew their place" is to idealize a time in our country where many lacked personal freedoms. To allow a local level law enforcement to visually categorize "good people" and "strangers" is not only unnerving but extremely dangerous. This generic stereotyping of the “criminal look” is synonymous with present troubles in racial profiling. The idea of "rights being enjoyed by decent folk" is oddly reminiscent of a period in American history where Jim Crow Laws were in effect....
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2008 for the course LSJ 375 taught by Professor Herbert during the Fall '07 term at University of Washington.
- Fall '07