Racial Profiling Essay

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Racial Profiling The definition of racial profiling is prejudging someone by their ethnicity or racial profile based on the stereotypes that an ethnic group may carry. Racial profiling acknowledgement in America has grown rapidly over time and has really been on the rise since the September 11, 2001 bombings of the Twin Towers in New York City and of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. But is racial profiling defensible to the American public policy? Some people think like Scott Johnson and say yes law enforcement need to profile ethnic groups in certain situations in order to protect the streets effectively. On the other hand those such as David A. Harris who oppose Scott Johnson argues that racial profiling is a hindrance …show more content…
There was also a study done that says seventy five percent of blacks were pulled over in routine stops in search of contraband but the percentage of contraband found between whites and blacks was close to fifty- fifty. Which mean that law enforcement is going off suspicious behavior and not a person’s racial profile. Scott Johnson says that the war on racial profiling has only brought two things into the light one is that racial profiling does not exist on the nation’s highways and streets like the ACLU has persuaded everyone to believe. Two racial profiling does not exist where it should which is the airports and airlines. David A. Harris is a law professor and the leading authority on racial profiling. Harris states that racial profiling is wrong morally and ethically. It is clearly unreasonable and irrational to harass someone based on the ethnic group. David A. Harris also states that the practice of racial profiling undermines civil rights that we have as individuals. By using racial profiling as a practice to enforce the law is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Harris also believes that racial profiling damages the relationship between communities that is enriched with the minorities that they are sworn to protect. By profiling ethnic groups law officials could alienate the citizens who want to help with the security of the streets. David A. Harris found newly collected

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