A Clashing of Opinions

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The “Mosaics: Reading and Writing Essays” textbook includes two essays with differing views on the effectiveness of anti-loitering laws. Richard Willard shares his opinion that anti-loitering laws are effective tools that discourage gang activity in his essay, “Anti-Loitering Laws Can Reduce Gang Violence.” He asserts that alternative methods of punishing gang members only cause them to develop animosity for police that leads to more trouble. Alternatively, “Anti-Loitering Laws Are Ineffective and Biased,” an essay written by David Cole, presents the view that these laws are a form of discrimination. Both authors support their opinions with statistics and previous examples of anti-loitering law enforcement. Willard begins his essay by…show more content…
He states that “Chicago calls the offense “gang loitering,” but it might more candidly be termed “standing while black.” Ultimately he uses the issue of racism to support his negative view of anti-loitering laws. He makes the generalization that the police who enforce the laws do so in a discriminatory manner. If the police who enforce the laws are unbiased, then his argument is unfounded.
Cole also directly attacks Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s policies in New York City. He claims that forces were focused on the inner city where minorities were adversely affected. Though others claim that these policies actually helped the safety of the inner city regions, the author dismisses these arguments as garbage. Paragraph 4 of his essay says “it is far from clear…that minority communities generally favor “quality of life” policing efforts that send so many of their residents to jail.”
After providing little basis for these claims, “Anti-Loitering Laws Are Ineffective and Biased” moves on to assert that police officers who enforce anti-loitering laws become untrustworthy. The essay offers no support of the fact that anti-loitering laws breed distrust among the populous besides Cole’s own opinions. He does however move on to say that authorities do understand the need for trust. His seventh paragraphs relates that “Thirty years ago, the Kerner Commission reported that such support “will not be present when a substantial segment of the community feels threatened by the
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