Analysis of the Wire Season 1 episode 11
Analysisof the Wire Season 1 episode 11
‘Thewire’ is an American series that unmasks social vices that are onthe rise in American populations. Some of the things it touches oninclude the drug addiction and illegal drug trade, the seaportsystem, the police and government bureaucracy and the significance ofthe media in airing these atrocities. The film presents a realisticrepresentation of the relation in the American population withregards to social classes and economic status. All these aspects ofthe American society are presented by the use of diverse charactersof different ethnic origins and economic status. Some factorsdominating evident in the series is inequality and social classdifference. Episode eleven of the series focuses on the hunt by thepolice as they try to outsmart the suspected criminals. At the sametime, the criminals are held up in their social company and lifestylethat they cannot change.
Thisepisode portrays extensive inequality and bias within theinstitutions of law enforcement and even the society. The lawenforcement officers, politicians and even drug dealers arecompromised by the institutions they serve and forced to act in acertain way which is acceptable as per the standards of theinstitution (Hurst, Charles, Gibbon, Fitz, & Anne 288).The policeofficers in this episode are not interested in enforcing law andorder, but are rather hunting for certain individuals. The lawenforcement officers concentrate on the territories occupied by blackpeople believing that they will be able to pin down the drug tradegangs. This agrees with Hurst’s claim that “the greater thepercentage of blacks in an area the more likely the perception ofhigh crime rate” (Hurst, Charles, Gibbon, Fitz, & Anne 289).The intensified investigations on the black society are evidence thatthe police were more suspicious of their involvement in criminalactivities than the whites. This shows the height of racial basedinequality in the society.
.“Racial minorities are more likely to be arrested than whites inthe same circumstance” (Hurst, Charles, Gibbon, Fitz, & Anne289). Bubbles arrest despite it being clear that he was not involvedin the crime was racial based. Being a black made the police have theperception that there was a high possibility of his involvement inthe shooting. This shows inequality in law enforcement as the whitepeople are not treated in the same way as blacks with regards tocriminal activities. Hurst (289) declares that racial minorities likethe blacks are more likely to be arrested than the white under thesame circumstances. The statement suggests that if it were a whiteperson under the same circumstance, the probably would not have beenarrested. This scene depicts race based inequality, whereby the blackpeople are perceived as criminals.
“Whenit comes to commission of a crime, an analysis of its relationship toinequality involves more than just examining the connection betweenthe statuses of individuals and criminal acts” (Hurst, Charles,Gibbon, Fitz, & Anne 291). In the bubbles case, the officers areinvolved in the drug trade crime. McNulty gives Bubbles to buy moredrugs after his release. The status of the people involved in thedrug trade brings inequality whereby some like bubbles are viewed ascriminals. McNulty is however, not subjected to any kind of scrutinyor interrogation concerning drug trade which owes to his power andstatus. McNulty does not consider what he does as crime but is quickto condemn and convict suspects of drug trade.
Thecase of Bubbles and Gregg presents a perfect scenario of wherecharacters are bound by systems they serve and forced to act in acertain way. The cops are concentrated on pinning the shooting onsomeone and not investigating the matter to the bottom. “In thesesocieties where economic differences are closely tied to race, theinequality is seen as illegitimate and more likely to result inviolence” (Hurst, Charles, Gibbon, Fitz, & Anne 292). Thesociety represented in the wire has its dominant inequality rooted onrace. The whites have the perception that the blacks are more likelyto engage in crimes out of their desperate situations of poverty.This makes the black community be considered suspects in all criminalactivities going on in the community .It is the inequality rooted inrace that sees law enforcement officers intensify their inspectionson the black society.
Socialinequality is highly depicted in the episode whereby the poor blacksgroup themselves to form drug trade gangs. Besides inequality theepisode reveals how social systems bind people and prevent the m fromchanging or living as they would wish. This is evidenced by theseveral incidences where the civilians and law enforcement officersare unable to turn away from crime. The police are more concernedwith investigating the blacks in the society. Notably, the blacks arethe first suspects when any crime is committed which confirms thesignificance of economic status in the society with relation to crimerate.
TheWire. Dir.,David Simon series. DVD. Cable network HBO, 2008. DVD.
Hurst,Charles E, Gibbon H. M. Fitz, and Anne Nurse. SocialInequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences.New York, N.Y: Routledge, 2017. Internet resource.
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