The Day Of American History Essay

1109 Words Jan 27th, 2016 5 Pages
September 11, 2001: an unforgettable day in American history. Not only did the lives of American citizens affected by the terrorist attacks change, the perception of Middle Eastern men and women changed as well. Racism and prejudice towards Muslims and Arabs emerged and has only increased over time. Previously met with fierce opposition, the American people began to support racial profiling, mostly due to fear and a desire to feel safe. Although national security is vital, racial profiling is not the method in which to apprehend terrorists or even domestic criminals. Racial profiling violates the United States Constitution and race, and religion do not indicate behavior; therefore, racial profiling should be prohibited in law enforcement, even in instances of national security.
Racial profiling disregards the fundamental concepts of the Constitution of the United States, which disrespects American values. When a person is arrested due to their race or religion, law enforcement violates the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable search and seizures without probable cause (“The Constitution”). The color of a person’s skin or the deity they worship is not sufficient evidence to incriminate an individual, and therefore a person should not be arrested and questioned based solely on a racial profile. Racial profiling violates the Equal Protection Clause, which guarantees that a state must treat an individual the same as it would treat another individual in the same…

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