The Tipping Point By Malcolm Gladwell Essay

2113 Words Nov 30th, 2016 9 Pages
In chapter four his book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell talks about the crime epidemic in New York City in the 1980’s, and more so what happened to turn the epidemic around. With compelling and intricate arguments, he detailed how something called the Power of Context and the Broken Windows Theory managed to turn the New York subways, and eventually the city as a whole around from alarming high amounts of crime to the widespread belief that shooting someone on the subway was a radial notion. This discussion starts out with the brief story of Bernard Goetz shooting four black youths on a subway train in 1984, this story is the basis of the discussion of how that event came to be, and how similar events were prevented in the future. The Power of Context and the Broken Windows theory share a commonly held idea that changing the little things is the necessary action to change the big things. In this case, the ideas were applied to crime, and Gladwell shows how those theories were extremely effective. Today however, many adamantly believe that Broken Windows policing allows for those in minority and low-income neighborhoods to be unfairly targeted. So the question is: was applying the broken windows policing style in New York City in the late 80’s necessary? In addition to that: Is that style of policing still necessary today, or does it do more harm than good and should be reconstructed? The arguments in this chapter without a doubt show that it was necessary and had good…

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