Something that has been on my mind during the last day or so…

We started multiculturalism yesterday and finished up today. Obviously, this covered rascism and discrimination. One reccuring theme was the need for peace officers to be “fair and impartial” in all matters.

So, dear Reader, do you think I have the ability to be fair and impartial? Obviously some of you I have met in the flesh and others have been reading since Day 1, however, either way, please give me your opinion on the above question.

Why I am asking: we learned that the only true way we know if we can be fair and impartial in all matters is asking those who know us, but aren’t going to be bias in their assessment of us, meaning friends and those who we are in contact with on a daily bases.

So, tell me what you think!

2 Responses to “Question”

  1. Jay,

    Describe your friends.

    Either your current friends or your friends from high school

  2. Life experience changes attitudes. What you believed when you were 18 may not be relevant. Prejudice is often based on accepting negative stereotypes picked up from media, and often first hand experience is the only thing that can undo that “programming”. For example most anti gun activists don’t know any gun owners and have never shot a gun. They have opinions and prejudices about gun owners based on what they believe people in the “gun culture” are like. Many times if these people take an NRA class and/or have personal interaction with actual gun owners, their opinions change. The same is true for many subcultures: gays, bikers, Muslims, evangelical Christians, etc. Television always goes for the exaggerated and extreme, and politicians often do the same because it is red meat for their base.

    If we changed the rules so that you weren’t entitled to have an opinion until you had first hand relevant life experience in dealing with many different factions of our society, a lot of people would have to shut the hell up and those that did speak would likely be a lot less inflammatory and bigoted.

    What keeps me acting professionally in class is this: when you are in your ‘public’ persona, assume that you are on camera, and whatever you say and do could end up recorded and out there for the world to see.

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