Racial Profiling In The United States

The United States is thought to be the melting pot country where racism and discrimination are no longer an issue and equality spreads its wings across the nation. However, that is not the reality. In recent years, race has become a predominant issue that has been a cause of many people losing their lives. However, many people argue that race has nothing to do with the way African Americans and Hispanics are being treated blame the culture for the consequences minorities, specifically African Americans and Hispanics go through. Studies conducted across the United States conclude that African Americans are twice and three times more likely to get the death penalty of the victim is white. In addition, people from both African American and Hispanic …show more content…
The term “racial profiling” was first used for the reoccurring “practice of singling out Blacks and other racial and ethnic groups for increased police scrutiny in hopes of preventing and reducing crime” (Withrow, 2006). There has been reports that many African Americans and Hispanics have been forced to stop driving because police officers suspect them of being a criminal. Society has constructed a stereotype where African Americans are seen as nothing else but thieves and drug addicts. Hispanics on the other hand, are portrayed to be as poor immigrants who are in America illegally. These stereotypes are very much inaccurate, yet, people still believe them and as a result, many are hurt by it. A police officer doesn’t have the right to stop someone and ask for papers because they “look suspicious or illegal”. Many Hispanics, especially in the southwestern part of the United States are racially profiled every day. Most are asked for papers and often if they don’t speak English, then they are automatically suspected of coming to the United States …show more content…
In its’ social audit on Black/White relations in the United States, “it was found that more than, 40 % of Blacks and 5 % of Whites felt they had been profiled. When examining those who felt they had personally been profiled, more than 70 % of the young Black males reported that they had been profiled” (Weitzer & Tuch, 2002). This number has only increased due to the national tension that has been occurring for the past couple of years. In another study, African Americans were more likely than other groups to express the view that racial profiling was widespread. Blacks also were more likely to view racial profiling as unjustified. They also were more likely to believe that they had been profiled. Hispanics also were more likely than non-Hispanics to believe that racial profiling was pervasive (Reitzel et al.; Rice, Reitzel, & Piquero, 2005). Many argue that the law is fair and racial profiling doesn’t exist however, it is evident through studies and events like this that African Americans and Hispanics are racially profiled and discriminated than any other racial

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