Essay about Racial Profiling And The Black Teen

1340 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
A black teen with white parents was mistaken for a 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 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 is “random selection” at an airport, someone following you around a store, or even getting pulled over by a cop for no apparent reason. The reasoning behind this, is because if there was a scare about a group of people of certain ethnic group doing something terrible, society tends to blame their entire race. Racial stereotyping and being a minority doesn’t make the situation any better. Many of the victims of racial profiling are innocent, but still walk away with something. Whether it is 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 enforcement 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, the profiling of criminals is the most well-known tactic for…

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