Essay about Racial Profiling And The Civil Rights Movement

837 Words Mar 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Racial profiling deals with the injustice of civil rights, false imprisonment and politics in the United States. It has been a controversial subject for the nation for many years. Even before the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the existence of racial profiling dates back to slavery. In 1693, a Philadelphia court gave the police the legal right to stop and detain any Negro, freed or slave seen wandering the streets; these discriminatory practices continued through the Jim Crow era and still remains a longstanding and troubling national problem despite claims of equality in the United States now in the 21th century (Staples, 2011). Racial profiling had caused much unrest in many communities, from rioting, to protesting. The definition of racial profiling in the past few years has broadened; it’s not just been limited to, race but also affects nationality, and ethnicity. Using a person’s race or ethnicity as factors in deciding whether to stop and search or arrest a person by law enforcement, is a practice that is controversial and illegal in many jurisdictions. Profiling by race is a violation of a person’s civil rights, and has been one of the primary discussion in many debates from the courtroom to the White house. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial profiling was constitutional, which overturned a previous ruling, that law enforcement must proceed on the presumption that people of all races commit all types of crime, not the premise that certain crimes…

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