African Americans and Police Racial Profiling

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Some people are oblivious to the racial profiling that still exists in America, others do not care enough to talk about it. If it does not directly offend an individual, it is considered to much of a hassle to talk about. Police prejudice and racial profiling is responsible for many false arrests, convictions, and death of African Americans. It is a difficult and unfortunate part of life that certain groups of human beings must face these so called obstacles in their life because they are a minority or because of their skin color. Police racial profiling has been an ongoing problem that African Americans have been dealing with for over 500 years. In this paper I am going to discuss the history of prejudice and racial profiling, how it relates to the discriminatory acts of police and judicial system towards African Americans in the United States. Most importantly, I will discuss how America can help make a change and put an end to the Police racial profiling that still segregates this nation. There is ample evidence that shows that prejudice still exists in America. All a person has to do is turn on the television, read the newspaper, or google search the terms: Racial prejudice, Racial profiling or police discrimination. After all of the hardships African Americans have endured during slavery, one would think that America has learned from its past mistakes. Yet, there are the ones who believe that not only do they represent the law but that they are above the law. We call them the police and the judicial system, the ones that in many cases use prejudice and discrimination to arrest and convict African Americans not because of their wrongdoing but because of the color of their skin. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signes the Proclamation of Emancipation to free all “persons that are held as slaves (Lincoln, 1863)” in the country of America. This movement shows a significat step towards freedom. However, the Proclamation Emancipation did not free all slaves because it did not consider the slaves in the south or the slaves in border states. However, it showed the world that the Civil war was being fought to put an end to slavery. Finally a couple years later, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution passed on January 31, 1865 by the Congress declared that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude.
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