Racial Profiling In Society

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In today’s calamitous society, there is pervasive criminal discrimination against young black males. This also referred to as racial profiling. Racial profiling is essentially selecting which individuals to investigate by primarily considering their probable ethnic background (Hudson 15). Racial profiling is a direct result of stereotyping an individual. According to Mahzarin R. Banaji and R. Bhaska, “stereotyping is the ascription of characteristics given to social groups or segments of society” (qtd. in Bumgarner 35). There are various stereotypes that are commonly associated with each ethnic group. Racial profiling and stereotyping is immoral and should not be used by officers. However, it can occur in any phase of the justice system. According …show more content…
First is the “targeting” stage. In this stage, a police officer locates a suspect that he or she deems a possible threat. The suspect may or may not be doing anything wrong at the time the officer is observing them, but the stereotypes associated with their ethnicity and gender may lead them to believe otherwise. Second is the “confrontation” stage. At this point, the officer may confront the suspect and attempt to make an arrest. The officer may use gunfire or force to subdue the suspect if he or she resists arrest or attempts to evade the scene. In turn, this may result in death or severe injury to the suspect. The “aftermath” stage is last. A designated jury for the case will come to a verdict. The verdict may be controversial and can lead to protests, riots, and other forms of chaos. It may spark movements to stop the injustice of racial profiling and police brutality. The process of racial profiling is evident in many cases that have occurred in …show more content…
That is the shooting of seventeen year old Trayvon Martin. In this case, a police officer wasn’t the aggressor. It was actually a neighborhood watch captain named George Zimmerman. Zimmerman spotted Trayvon walking through his neighborhood and called the police out of suspicion. The police advised him not to pursue Trayvon, but he still followed him anyway. Zimmerman and Trayvon engaged in a heated altercation that led to George shooting an unarmed Trayvon Martin. After the assigned jury ruled George Zimmerman innocent, there were protests from all over the country! Professional athletes and nationally renowned celebrities also joined the fight against racial profiling (Blow).Many people believe that Zimmerman’s suspicions were attributed to racial profiling and the confrontation should not have happened. This case was controversial and sparked a fire under many African-Americans and inspired many people to protest. Branden Aughburns, a student at Hampton University, thinks that an increase in racial profiling is the result of “changing times with equality [having] many people unhappy.” Branden also said that “society has been unbalanced since that change and it has been shown more over the past couple of years.” Possibly, the motive to engage in racial profiling stems from personal feelings and biases; though, it is not an

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