Racial Profiling And The Neighborhood Watch Essay

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Trayvon Martin shot dead by a neighborhood watch! The neighborhood watch is supposed to be the eyes and ears of the community and report crime as they see it, rather than take matters into their own hands. George Zimmerman, 28, shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager who was walking unarmed through a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Neighborhood watches do not just “watch” the community, instead, they invade ones’ privacy. Neighborhood watches are not beneficial to communities due to racial biases between the neighborhood watch and the people of the community, the allowance to carry guns and lack of proper training. Neighborhood watches would not be beneficial for communities with racial biases between the neighborhood watch and the people of the community. According to a New York Times article by Soumya Karlamangla, she stated that “Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Latino, was a neighborhood watch volunteer, and critics called the incident an example of racial profiling and citizen vigilantism.” (2013). George Zimmerman had a racial bias towards people of color and assumed because Trayvon Martin had his hand in his pocket that he had a weapon. George Zimmerman had no idea Trayvon Martin was visiting a relative and that is why his generalizations of the Black males lead him to murder this teenager. A neighborhood watch should not suppose that if there is someone in the community who does not “belong” to go ahead and shoot the person, but rather…

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