Racial Profiling Essay

1055 Words Mar 13th, 2002 5 Pages
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Hypothesis: The events of September 11th has caused racial profiling, a practice that was vilified by many just months ago, to become a common and accepted practice used by the government, airline officials, police agencies, and the American public. Profiling has also become a necessary tool used to prevent further terrorist attacks on the United States.

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I. Racial profiling is the practice of "selecting someone for investigation or stronger action on the basis of race, national origin or ethnicity." (Weinstien, Finnegan and Wantanabe 1) A. Racial profiling is a practice that has been debated and for the most part vilified over the last decade. 1. Before September 11th the
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A. The Arab community is trying thorough the media, and through their own community improve their image. They would like the rest of the United States to see that they are first and foremost Americans, and that they are just as outraged about the attacks as the rest of Americans. B. The ACLU has also stepped in to help Arab Americans in there fight against racial profiling, by providing lawyers to those who need one and helping those who have been discriminated against take legal action.
V. The American public has completely changed its views regarding racial profiling since September 11th. A. In a Gallup poll taken a few days after the attacks 68% of those polled were in favor authorities "randomly stopping people who fit the profile of suspected terrorists." Another Gallup poll found that a majority of Americans favor requiring people of Arab decent to "undergo special, more intensive security checks before boarding airplanes in the U.S." (Weinstein, Finnegan, Wantanabe, 1). Even black Americans who have experienced racial profiling in the past favor such measures being taken when dealing with Arab Americans. B. Given the nature of the attacks against the U.S. it is impossible for people not to profile Arabs, whether it is conscious or unconscious. 1. Harvard professor Lawrence Tribe believes that Americans "may not aspire to take into account these factors, but it is like standing in the

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