Welcome to The Sociological Cinema!
This site is designed to help sociology instructors incorporate videos into their classes. Check out our blog, look through our pics page, and search our growing database of video clips. Each clip is tagged with appropriate sociological themes and organized for busy instructors. We invite you to join the discussion and comment on how you have used the videos in your classes, and to submit a clip of your own. Enjoy!
Video of the Week
Our video of the week was inspired by presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent tweet, claiming that Black assailants are responsible for murdering 81% of all white homicide victims, while White assailants are responsible for murdering just 2% of all Black homicide victims. The tweet also claimed that police were responsible for 1% of all Black homicides, whereas they were responsible for 3% of all White homicides. The fact-checking site Politifact notes that according to the violent death database maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the period 2009 to 2013, "Trump’s number is about double the most accurate figures...That makes him about 100 percent off."
Using fabricated data, Trump is attempting to persuade people that Blacks are exceptionally violent, while Whites are the true victims of police violence. But among those who actually work with crime data, the evidence often tells a very different story. For instance, in many cities across the United States a disproportionate share of resources has been devoted toward policing poor and marginalized communities. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that such marginalized communities are disproportionate recipients of violent altercations with police.
Our video of the week examines the theory of crime behind this discriminatory policing and the theory's connection to the deaths of people like Eric Garner and Akai Gurley ... Read more here, and for even more information about racism in the criminal justice system, check out our Pinterest album on the topic.