The practice of substituting skin color for evidence as grounds for suspicion by law enforcement officials Ex. TSA pulling a middle eastern-looking person aside at the airport for extra screening because their appearance and because generally Americans associate middle easterners with terrorism
Street Interviews “I wish it wasn’t true but yes I believe that it is necessary…” “Yes to secure safety to an extent…” “No, I believe that there should be behavioral profiling instead…” “No, the issue is not race, it’s other motives…” “I have no problem with being profiled, its simply safety precautions…”
Some people feel that it’s not a big deal to them when they are racially profiled if they are doing nothing wrong. But they are often very embarrassed that they were accused of acting suspicious or of committing a crime.
Some people believe that racial profiling is needed but others think it is not needed because it treats people unfairly.
In the U.S. Caucasians are frequently offered better opportunities than minorities which in turn has created the thought that Caucasians are ‘better’. While in Mexico, Americans are viewed as extremely rude and having the mind set that people live to serve them.
Races are stereotyped by crimes but there’s often a reason the crimes are committed. (i.e. a hussler might be selling substances simply because he was not given the same job opportunity as someone of a majority race. If he had been given that job he wouldn’t need to sell drugs to support his family.)
This topic causes controversy because you don’t often notice if a white cop is shaking a white guy down but you do notice a white cop shaking a black guy down.
What We Learned… At the Boston Police Department:
Racial profiling happens more often in small towns with a less diverse police force such as in suburbs and rural areas.
A practical way to prevent racial profiling in big cities is to assign police officers to patrol areas of their same race. So that black cops patrol black communities, and the same with other races.
All traffic violations are recorded and looked over so that if there is any racial profiling occurring it can be stopped
At Harvard School of Law: In the meeting at Harvard we learned that boarder patrols are aloud to stop random people at check points, (mostly just for race) But can not pull over cars anywhere else for race. Although cops can not stop a person specifically because of their race, it is not hard to find a reason for stopping someone. There is not a concrete answer for justifying racial profiling. Racial profiling occurs mostly in communities that are heavily populated by majorities and lack diversity There is no specific law that says that racial profiling is illegal but it is highly discouraged.