Arguments Against Racial Profiling

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Thesis: Racial profiling is a re-occurring issue in American history that started during the Colonial times, and continues up until today. In general, experience is very valuable and can aid in making decisions or judgment calls. Racial Profiling compromises the structure in which America stands. With Constitutional laws that are supposed to protect us as American citizens from any discrimination or mistreatment, Racial Profiling is still being practiced. It violates our human rights, causes distrust in the police officers that are in charge of keeping our communities safe, and creates a strong disbelief in the Constitution that should afford all American citizens equal rights.
According to Anita L. Willis, “Racial Profiling first began in colonial Virginia in 1793, where all Free Persons of Color (Negros and Mulattoes) were required to register with the Free Negro Registry
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It included labor contract forms for black “servants” and relied on vagrancy laws to pressure freedmen to sign labor contracts. Southern Black Codes would provide another source of exertion for white employers by a way of apprenticeship. The code would authorize courts to apprentice black children, against their will, to an employer up until the age of 18 for females and 21 for males. Carolina’s Black Code accepted a racially divide in their court system for all criminal and civil cases involving a black defendant or plaintiff. A black witness was only allowed as a witness if the case was affecting “the person or property of a person of color.” Crimes that whites believed freed and emancipated men might perpetrate were arson, rebellion, assaulting a white woman, burglary, these would result in rasping sanction. For blacks many of these crimes would bring the death penalty, but not for whites. Retribution for minor offenses committed by blacks could possibly result in whipping, such penalties rarely applied to white

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