Essay on Racial Profiling : A Black Teen With White Parents

1411 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
A black teen with white parents was mistaken for burglar and assaulted by cops in his own home. The police department of the cops that assaulted the teen tried to defend themselves by saying that DeShawn, the black teen, did not obey the officer’s orders to the letter despite the fact that they were intruders in his own home. Instances similar to this are a prime example of how groups of people aren’t being represented and how they need to be protected. Racial profiling is happening everywhere today whether it be “random selection” at an airport, someone following you around a store, or even getting pulled over by a cop for no good reason. Reasoning behind this, is because if there was a scare about a group of people of certain race doing something terrible, their entire race must be doing it as well. Racial stereotyping and being a minority doesn’t make the situation any better. Many of the victims of racial profiling are innocent, but still happen to walk away with something. Whether it be a warning, a traffic ticket, a beating or even death; victims are always left to believe that they have done something wrong and most of the time nothing illegal or unethical has been done. Racial Profiling refers to, “a discriminatory practice by law enforcements officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual’s race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.” In many police forces throughout the US, profiling for criminals is the most well-known…

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