An Argument Against Racial Profiling by Police

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Racial profiling in the dictionary is “the assumption of criminality among ethnic groups: the alleged policy of some police to attribute criminal intentions to members of some ethnic groups and to stop and question them in disproportionate numbers without probable cause (“Racial Profiling”).” In other words racial profiling is making assumptions that certain individuals are more likely to be involved in misconduct or criminal activity based on that individual’s race or ethnicity. Racial profiling propels a brutalizing message to citizens of the United States that they are pre-judged by the color of their skin rather than who they are and this then leads to assumptions of ruthlessness inside the American criminal justice system. With race-based assumptions in the law enforcement system a “lose-lose” situation is created due to America’s diverse democracy and destroys the ability to keep the criminal justice system just and fair. Although most police officers perform their duties with fairness, honor, and dedication, the few officers who portray to be biased then harm the whole justice system resulting in the general public stereotyping every law enforcement officer as a racial profiler (Fact Sheet Racial Profiling). When thinking about racial profiling many people automatically think it happens only to blacks but sadly this is mistaken for far more ethnic groups and races such as Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, Native Americans, and many more are racially profiled on a day to day basis. Many people believe racial profiling to be a myth because they see it as police officers merely taking precautions of preventing a crime before it happens, but in reality racial profiling has just become an approved term for discrimination and unjust actio...

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...ination still today, even sixty years after the Civil Rights movement.

Works Cited

"Fact Sheet Racial Profiling." Department of Justice, 17 06 2003. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. .
Holloway, Carson. "Profiling and the Constitution." Public Discourse. N.p., n. d. Web. 4 Mar. 2014. .
"Racial Profiling." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005. 5 Mar. 2014 .
"The Reality of Racial Profiling." The Leadership Conference, 22 08 2012. Web. 4 Mar. 2014. .
"The Supreme Court and Racial Profiling." National Motorists Association, n. d. Web. 4 Mar. 2014. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that racial profiling propels a brutalizing message to citizens of the united states that they are pre-judged by the color of their skin.
  • Explains that blacks are the most racially profiled group in many areas of american life today. they were twice as likely to be arrested in traffic stops compared to whites.
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