Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement is Not Justified

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When we are children we are taught not to judge a book by its cover, for most of us this is easier said than done. Racial profiling is something that affects millions of people in the United States alone. Seemingly innocent people are being targeted solely by the color of their skin and their nationality. Whether racial profiling somebody is appropriate or not is a topic widely discussed by individuals everywhere. The question is however, is it right to judge somebody just because they look different then you? I think not. As a nation we grow up watching television shows and movies that instigate people of another race are bad or tend to get into more trouble. Whether it is an African- American man who is completing a drug deal in the newest blockbuster flick, or a Muslim plotting another terror attack on the latest action television episode. Of course I do not agree with the actions taken by the individuals who took thousands of lives in the horrible act of terror in New York City on September 11, 2001. These events shook our nation to the core and instilled fear in many; nobody will forget where they were the day the twin towers fell and innocent people lost their lives. Even though it was a dark day in America it does not give us permission to treat everyone who is of Muslim descent, or any race for that matter like a criminal. We are all human beings and deserve to be treated fairly and with kindness unless we have displayed a reason to do otherwise. We as a nation cannot live in fear because a group of horrible individuals completed a devastating act. These acts may have shaken us as a nation but it should not break us completely and cause us to treat innocent people unfairly and without respect. Just recently I wa... ... middle of paper ... ...ing to show officers his driver's license, is only one case among many. Unfortunately there are too many to even count and this must change. Finally, we as a nation need to educate ourselves in the reality of the effects that racial profiling can have on individuals and keep in mind what is taught to us as young children that we cannot judge a book by its cover. We are all entitled to the same rights and freedom regardless of our ethnicity and color of our skin and until proven otherwise we should not live in fear of being targeted by those sworn to protect us just because the color of our skin. Works Cited http://www.amnestyusa.org/us-human-rights/racial-profiling/page.do?id=1106650 Why Racial Profiling is a Bad Idea Top 7 Argument s Against Racial Profiling By Tom Head http://civilliberty.about.com/od/lawenforcementterrorism/tp/Against-Racial-Profiling.htm

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