“You find yourself watching black people. (The stealing) only happens once in a while, but it changes your perception.....Like it or not, I'm going to have a preconceived notion of races from my experiences.”
The above quote by a graduate student appeared in a nationally circulated story about the recent events currently engulfing Barneys, Macy's, and the New York Police Department regarding "consumer racial profiling (CRP)," "shopping while black," "shop and frisk," etc.
In fairness to this student, though . . . we cannot say precisely what the percentage of thefts by blacks were in the store where she worked.
However, what we can say precisely, based on our more than 20 years of research on CRP, multiple academic articles, papers, and book chapters using quantitative and qualitative data, numerous expert reports submitted to courts in cases involving allegations of CRP, etc., is that while blacks do engage in shoplifting, so do whites, Asians, Hispanics, and any other racial/ethnic groups you want to identify. Indeed, shoplifting does come in all sizes, shapes and colors, and in some instances, evidence suggests that other racial/ethnic groups actually are more likely to engage in shoplifting than blacks.