Essay about Racial Profiling : An Effective Tool

2062 Words May 31st, 2016 null Page
The ACLU defines racial profiling as, “discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual 's race, ethnicity, religion or national origin”. While this act is shown in many other areas, law enforcement is included, but not limited to. The work force, education, and every day conversation, the primary focus of this essay will illuminate the recent racial profiling cases and their link to police brutality. Racial Profiling can serve as an effective tool in crime finding the specific objective of finding criminal activity a foot. A process of perception an articulation of relative human characteristics (negative and positive), racial profiling should be understood as distinct from a witness description.

Why cops racially profile? When the statistics are observed, racial profiling almost makes sense. African Americans are obviously not all criminals, but a study by Crime and Delinquency “found that nearly 50% of African Americans have been arrested by the age of 23. At that rate any police officer has had a reasonable excuse to raise an eyebrow at the 6 foot underdressed Black male in a crime ridden neighborhood.” Herein lies the root of the problem though. In America, areas with high crime rates are already heavily populated by African-Americans, thus giving the appearance that ‘everyone’ is a possible criminal. Also, a large stigma comes attached to Black people and is amplified in Black men…

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