An Argument Against Racial Profiling

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Racial profiling is when an officer of law targets an individual not on their behavior, but rather their personal characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, national origin and religion. Racial profiling has been an issue that dates back earlier than the 1700's. Then when the fourth and fourteenth amendments were created, some thought racial profiling would simmer down. The fourth amendment states that the government is prohibited from any unreasonable seizes or searches; while the fourteenth amendment states that all men are presented with equal protection of the law. Unfortunately, even with the bill of rights, racial profiling still remained an issue. Recently, Arizona passed a law known as the show me your papers law, allowing officers …show more content…
It is necessary to essentially filtering out the criminals based on suspicion. Statistically, most criminals are Hispanic or black, while most terrorists are from the middle east. Based on said statistics, they feel it is a criteria to be met, while patrolling. If a Muslim is traveling at an airport, they are suspicious solely based on their religion, and therefore require more security measures than the Caucasian man. If an African-American man presents himself with a baggy shirt, and his pants sagging below his buttocks, surely his intentions are not anything lawful. Also, the Mexican man driving in Arizona, just might be an illegal alien, because the border is so close, so surely he is suspicious. Law officers are taking racial stereotypes, and applying them in a professional setting towards individuals to separate the good and the bad of each religion, race, or ethnicity. They feel it is necessary, to do so because it will save future crimes from happening, or future terrorist attacks. On the opposing side, racial profiling shouldn't be allowed because there isn't enough proof, to show its benefiting our society in any way. It makes a mockery out of the Bill of Rights, since it is a blatant violation of the fourth and fourteenth amendment. Not only that, statistics show that it doesn't do what it's supposed to. “An ACLU lawsuit uncovered police data indicating that while 73 percent of suspects pulled over on I-95

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