Argument Against Racial Profiling

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Racism, thought to be a thing of the past is not as long gone as people imagine. Racism, is as much a problem today as it was in the past. However, racism has taken on a new more politically correct name, racial profiling. Racial profiling is a clear violation of the civil rights of the United States citizens. It negatively affects all people of color, in all generations, of all levels of economic standing. Racial profiling can happen anytime and anywhere. It is a very sensitive topic every individual can relate to. It happens to African Americans and Hispanics more than it does to Caucasians. A white person may not know what racial profiling is and what it feels like. The definition of racial profiling does not even come close to explaining or telling what it is like to a victim of the misconduct. The most common form of racial profiling occurs when police stop, question, and search African American, Hispanics or members of other racial minorities disproportionately based on the individuals race or ethnicity. According to the American Civil Liberty Union, racial profiling refers to the discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual's race, ethnicity, religion or…show more content…
Racial profiling is the product of stereotyping of racialized communities and it fuels further stereotyping. We pause here to not that the term racialized communities is used rather than terms such as “visible minorities”, “persons of colour” or “non-white persons”. References to the term “racialized communities” conveys that it is a social construct to view persons or groups who share (or are perceived to share) a given ancestry as different and unequal in ways that matter to economic, political and social life, and that this view is not based in reality.

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