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3c Are ethnic minorities more criminal than the ethnic majority?

A recurring theme in media reporting of street crime since the mid-1970s has been the
disproportionate involvement of young males of African-Caribbean origin. This latest
development has been the police's justification for the much greater levels of stops and

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After arrest, those of African-Caribbean backgrounds are slightly more likely to be
held in custody and to be charged with more serious offences than whites. If they are
found guilty, they are more likely to receive harsher sentences - in fact those of
African Caribbean backgrounds have a 17%…

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This approach states that there are some individuals in the police who are racist, and
these people are removed. In his inquiry into the inner city 'riots' of 1981, Lord
Scarman found that the police reflect the wider society and therefore some racist
recruits may join.

2. Canteen culture

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According to Hall, the focus on a relatively minor problem, caused by a group who were
already viewed negatively, served the purpose of drawing attention away from the crisis
and focusing blame on a scapegoat - young African-Caribbean males. This `moral panic'
then justified increased numbers of police on the…

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Although this is an extreme lifestyle, elements of it can help us to understand issues of
race and criminality in the UK. Exclusion and racism leads to both cultural and economic
developments which involve illegal activities and the development of a culture which helps
resolve the issues of lack of…


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