Racial Profiling And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

1358 Words Jan 20th, 2016 6 Pages
The outward, explicit racism that so commonly occurred during the World Wars, the Great Depression, and the following two decades had a lasting effect on today 's racial minorities and is seen in more implicit ways, particularly towards North Americans of African heritage. People of colour were much more frequently found to be the victims of racial profiling and police brutality, especially Blacks protesting for equal rights during the Civil Rights Movement. Coloured people are still more likely to be targeted by officers, or arrested for nonviolent crimes. From the First World War up to the end of the Civil Rights Movement in the late sixties, Afro-Americans and other people of colour could be denied employment based on their race, therefore causing a significant pay gap that remains today. Jim Crow laws in the United States and Native reserves in Canada created extremely segregated areas, dividing cities along racial and economic lines and forcing Aboriginals into remote reserves, often with little resources. Most cities now are still split into neighbourhoods that differ financially, and in these areas, economics and race often go hand in hand. All of these issues, while they were more widespread problems during the early to mid-1900s, have left a visible impact on the lifestyles and treatment that non-whites experience.

Police brutality towards African Americans was an issue during the twentieth century as well as today, however it increased dramatically during the…

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