Argumentative Essay On Racial Profiling

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Since the Jim Crow era in 1877, the majority of the United States have been racially profiled based off their ethnicity. Proponents state that racial profiling should be allowed when national security is of the utmost importance. Yet only 32 states require no mandatory evidence for stops and searches. Therefore, approximately 36% of the country have banned any form of racial profiling (Malkin). A person should not have their characteristics and identity be determined on whether they engage in illegal activity or not.
Racial profiling is the act of suspecting or targeting a person of a certain race based on a stereotype about their race. According to Wikipedia, the existence of profiling dates all the way back to slavery in 1693. The practice
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Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Armstrong that racial profiling is constitutional in the absence of data that "similarly situated" defendants of another race were disparately treated. Based on the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to be safe from search and seizure without a warrant, and requires that all citizens be treated equally under the law. The Justice Department announced new curbs on racial profiling when Maryland became the first state to follow suit on with guidelines aimed at severely restricting law enforcement officers from singling out as suspects based on traits including race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation August 22, 2015 (Stolbergaug). The New York Times White House correspondent, Sheryl Stolbergaug, stated,“Under the law, officers may not use race and ethnicity in making policy decisions; the guidelines also include national origin, identity, disability and religion as traits that may not be considered” (Stolbergaug). By applying these to routine operations, the Justice Department will conclude profiling investigations and traffic stops. Ceasing the abuses of a few will eventually add towards public confidence our police officers earn and …show more content…
Hispanics and African Americans generally believe it is more common than Caucasians. For example, 67% of black Americans feel racial profiling is widespread in traffic stops, a sentiment shared by nearly the same percentage of Hispanic Americans at 63%. By contrast, only 50% of non-Hispanic whites feel the practice is widespread (Gallup Poll). This shows how these targeted races are aware of the present discrimination based off of ethnicity. Los Angeles Times contact reporters, Kim Christensen and Matt Hamilton found a study explaining, “Latino and African American drivers were much more likely than whites to be asked during LAPD stops to leave their vehicles and submit to searches” (Christensen/Hamilton). This eventually leads up to the movement #BlackLivesMatter, a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of African American people by police and

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