Essay on Racial Profiling and Stereotypes

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Racial tension has been part of America ever since the civil war. Today we have a different issue with race which is called racial profiling. Over the years the relationship between the police and community of color has gone bitter do to racial profiling. America’s society today tends to be tainted by racial profiling and stereotypes. These issues can cause great effects on our society. Racial profiling or stereotyping could diminish how a certain race is viewed. Racial discrimination can be a result from having racial profiling and stereotypes in our present culture. Today racial discrimination is used to approach citizens assumed to be criminals. This is called racial profiling. Although some argue that racial profiling is a necessary …show more content…
Alfonso Serrano states, “But SB 1070 only worsened Arizona’s fiscal woes, according to several studies. In the few months after its passage, Arizona’s economy lost $141 million, including $45 million in hotel and lodging cancellations and $96 million in lost commercial revenue, according to a joint study by the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center” (Why Undocumented Workers Are Good for the Economy). We see that racial profiling is bad for business and it also creates a bad image for people supporting it. While racial profiling can cause problems for the economy, racial profiling sets boundaries for different races. Ted Gup states, “Many Asian Americans seem to walk an uneasy line between taking pride in their remarkable achievements and needing to shake off stereotypes” (491).Gup is explaining that Asian Americans are seen as inheriting intelligence and good skills in business because of racial stereotypes. Why should we categorize people over stereotypes? Every individual is different. We see how racial stereotypes build these guidelines for what a race is capable and not capable to do. Shelby Steele states, “Studies show that we blacks are stopped in numbers higher than our percentage in the population but lower than our documented involvement in crime” (1). We see this lingering stereotype law enforcement still believes with African Americans. This problem of racial stereotypes only creates pressure and

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