Essay on Is Racial Profiling a Problem in our Society?

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Is Racial Profiling a Problem in our Society?

If a certain race, for example a white person robs a bank, is the whole white race held accountable? Now say a African American person decides to hijack a commercial plane and crash it into a city, because of this certain event, is the whole African American Community interrogated or under harassment, only by the reason of their skin color or cultural background? Or what about Arabs and Muslims, just because the Al-Qaeda was a mass-Arab organization, are all the Arabs alive on this planet terrorists, are all of them going to bomb everyplace they step foot in? These stereotypes don't just stop here, there are countless more races such as Hispanics, Japanese, Chinese, Indians, and Vietnamese- …show more content…

Criminal profiling is designed to help police spot criminals by developing a set of personal and behavioral characteristics associated with particular offences, with a better “profiles” it is easier to treat whoever as a suspect. (Harris,11). But while using this tactic, it can quickly become into harsh racial profiling, only because they both share the same techniques. But many law enforcements might argue back that it makes perfect sense in using these specific traits due to that fact that certain races have larger involvement in certain crimes (Harris,17). By saying this, the officials basically have a free pass at detaining anybody, only on the basis of a suspicion which is concidently related to their skin color. There have been countless situations where innocent people who are automatically assumed to criminals and were discriminated against. One example dating back to 1998, happened to Sergeant First Class Rossano Gerald, an African American who had devoted his life to the United States Army, was on the way to a family reunion in Oklahoma. During the roadtrip Gerald noticed several patrol cars who followed him for a little bits of times. Then, he was pulled over six times and the seventh time after being wrongfully accused of going over the speed limit and even after providing a valid licence, proof of insurance and a army identification, was detained inside a police vehicle. The police then said that he has smelled drugs and called the dogs to look for

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