Racial Profiling Problem

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Racial profiling is a problem that has been going on in the United States for far too long. Everyday, people are being pulled over and searched just because of their race or their ethnic background. This leads to many problems, such as the accused becoming upset, feeling he/she is being wronged because of race. These feelings may cause the accused to become uncooperative or hostile. When this happens, the officer is then more likely to act aggressively in the situation, which can very easily turn into a slippery slope of unfortunate events. This has led to many lawsuits and deaths and is a growing problem in the United States. Thus, it is crucial that the problems with racial profiling are addressed before they happen. The public needs to be …show more content…
One aspect of police profiling that has received a great deal of attention in the news lately, although it has been a problem for many years, is racial profiling, when a police officer targets people based on their skin color or ethnic background (“Racial Profiling: Definition”). Often, people respond to this through riots, such as in 1992, when Rodney King was beaten down by four police officers. Even though this event was captured on video, the officers involved were acquitted of any wrongdoing. A six-day riot followed, totalling in over one billion dollars in damages. There has also been a number of smaller scale riots and protests recently as a result of racial …show more content…
Sued Middle easterners are also subjected to racial profiling. Ever since the events of 9/11, people have been looking at Muslims and middle easterners in general in a different way. In one such case in 2013, a woman sued the FBI and an airline for forcing her and two Indian Americans off of a plane in Detroit. The case made international news as the woman, Shoshana Hebshi who is half Arab and Half Jew, was placed in a filthy cell, stripped searched on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. This would be considered unacceptable to many people, however there are people who think that people coming from the middle east and Muslims should be checked at airports because of the vast amounts of terrorist attacks being carried out by Islamic extremist groups, but what that does is lead to hate and distrust between races and raises

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