Racial Profiling Essay

894 Words Aug 9th, 2008 4 Pages
Racial Profiling Racial Profiling is wrong, and stereotyping certain races as having a greater propensity to commit crimes should be prohibited.
Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11 there have been an increase in the willingness to condone law enforcement and security actions based primarily on the color of ones’ skin. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it has been the official policy of the United States government to stop, interrogate, and detain individuals without criminal charges on the basis of their national origin, ethnicity and religion. Thus, the term racial profiling was coined. Society, however, has been ignorant to the true meaning of racial profiling and has sometimes misinterpreted the government’s continuous
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The police, basing their search on the belief that certain ethnic minorities are more likely than whites to violate the law, are wrong. Recent studies even show that the discovery of contraband or illegal conduct is higher amongst whites than amongst minorities, showing that there is indeed no justification for their actions. In the essay “Close Encounters with U.S immigration”. Khan uses his personal experience and his struggle to cross national borders as a Pakistani Canadian Muslim. Khan uses his personal experience as evidence in arguing against racial profiling. He was singled out at the U.S border and embarrassed simply because of his racial and ethnic background. For three hours, he was interrogated and made to feel like an unwanted outsider, as if he were guilty of a crime. The irony of it all was that while his picture and personal profile were wasting kilobytes in an FBI database, and he had been pressured by three levels of American security the real culprit had gone free. The reason behind racial profiling is still not justified because there has been no progress or successful outcome.
Racial profiling has proved so far ineffective. It is a lazy method of law enforcement and has never resulted in the capturing of a terrorist. It would be better for the police to investigate terrorism behaviors and not the color of one’s skin. It should be ones behavior or actions

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