Don't use racist word ‘looting', experts in US media warn

Posted On: Nov 29, 2021   |   Posted By: RT

Don't use racist word ‘looting', experts in US media warn

The latest string of smash-and-grab attacks on high-end stores in California should not be called looting as that would be racist, two criminal justice experts told the media and police.
The lecture on linguistics came after the San Francisco Bay area police departments had described a series of brazen thefts at luxury retail outlets over the weekend as looting. Lorenzo Boyd, a professor of criminal justice and community policing at the University of New Haven, told ABC7 news channel on Tuesday that the term has strong racial connotations and is typically used when “people of color or urban dwellers are doing something.” Boyd, a former deputy sheriff in Boston, went on to claim that when people of different ethnicity “do the exact same thing,” such criminal acts are rarely called looting.

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