Racial Profiling And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

1123 Words Dec 14th, 2015 5 Pages
In 2013, an unarmed black male, Trayvon Martin, is shot and killed by an officer. In 2014, Michael Brown, who is also a black male is shot and killed by another officer. In addition, many black and Hispanic people are racially profiled and stopped by the police for suspicion of drug possession. In Arizona officers stop people who look suspicious and ask to see if they have papers. Most people who are stopped have Hispanic features or are heard speaking Spanish. When thinking about racism, it feels like it is a thing of the past, but it’s not. There are numerous people who are racist in law enforcement and that is demonstrated through racial profiling. Racial profiling still exists today and unfortunately happens frequently. This results in Hispanic people being unreasonably stopped. Our Practices of racial profiling racial profiling have continued since the civil rights movement and it is crucial that minorities take action.
Defined by the American Civil Liberties Union, racial profiling is “the discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual 's race, ethnicity, religion or national origin (Racial Profiling: Definition).” Racial profiling dates back to 1704 when slave patrolling is established. Blacks who were given permission to be on a white person’s plantation had to carry freedom papers. Blacks who did not have papers or who attempted to escape were brutally beaten and sometimes killed…

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