The Ethics Of Compiling Racial Statistics

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Abstract
I plan to not only defend the ethics of compiling racial statistics by analyzing the process of the collecting racial data but also provide important insights into racial statistics to better inform the reader as to what beliefs are prevalent in this subject matter. Furthermore, I will argue that the advancement potential of racial statistics is too important for society to ban as another country has done.
Introduction
The studies concerning the correlation between race and crime in the United States is a common source for social debate for more than a hundred years. Since a few decades ago, the major focuses of controversy are the causes of high percentages of minorities at various stages of the justice system, such as arrests, prosecutions and incarcerations. For example, prosecutors tend to push for mandatory minimum sentences for Black and Hispanic defendants as twice as much than other races, which leads to more racial data disparities in incarceration rates for these races (Rehavi and Starr, p.11) on the other hand, in the midst of controversy, people disregard the merits of these studies. Likewise, the fine line between racial statistics and racial profiling is often blurred. Thus, a media-inflated event, such as the recent Ferguson Incident, blinds people from seeing the importance of these statistics in their everyday lives. Therefore, most people argue against the use of racial statistics in forensic science. However, even if the argument is that these

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