Racial Profiling And The Neighborhood Watch Essay

797 Words Feb 21st, 2016 4 Pages
George Zimmerman, neighborhood watch and got away with murder! Neighborhood watches are 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 are not just “watching” the community, they are invading ones’ privacy. Neighborhood watches are not beneficial for communities with racial biases between the neighborhood watch and the people of the community, lack of participation between the community members, permission for the neighborhood watches to carry guns and they 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. The neighborhood watch should be aware of the people who come and go into in the community because there are some people who visit their family, friends etc. A neighborhood watch should not automatically…

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