What is “Racial Profiling”? Racial profiling is the discriminatory practice of law enforcement officials targeting someone based on their race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.
Racial Profiling Statistics All the drivers were stopped at similar rates ,but the African American and Hispanic groups were searched much more often.
When did it Start? The term “racial profiling” was defined in 1998 after The U.S. Department of Justice investigated the activities of New Jersey State Police. Although the term is used more today, racial profiling has been going all through out history.
Racial Profiling Case Earlier this year Trayvon Martin who was an unarmed African American teenager was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchmen. Although the watchmen says Trayvon attacked him, many are saying it was an act of racial profiling.
Racial Profiling Examples ► An officer pulling over someone because they are in a neighborhood they “shouldn’t be in”. ► Someone is pulled over because the car they are driving is “too expensive for them”. ► Everyone is driving slightly over the speed limit and one person is pulled over due to their race.
Laws Against Racial Profiling Although racial profiling is a big problem only 21 states have laws against it. Racial profiling was discussed by Congress lately and many people want a federal law made against it.
Ways to Prevent Racial Profiling Train police officers to treat all races the same. Look for people who are actually breaking the law rather than racial groups. Judge people on how they act, rather than how they look.
Why Racial Profiling Should be Stopped• It is not fair to pull someone over based on his or her race.• People should be judged on what they do not what race they are.
Organizations Against Racial Profiling Help support these organizations: American Civil Liberties Union The Student Coalition Against Racial Profiling Social Justice Group