Racial Profiling And The Civil Rights Movement

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When thinking about racism, it feels like it is a thing of the past, but it’s not. There are numerous people who are racist in law enforcement and that is demonstrated through racial profiling. Racial profiling still exists today and unfortunately happens frequently. In 2013, an unarmed black male, Trayvon Martin, is shot and killed by an officer. In 2014, Michael Brown, who is also a black male is shot and killed by another officer. Also, many black and Hispanic people are racially profiled and stopped by the police for suspicion of drug possession. In Arizona officers stop people who look suspicious and ask to see if they have papers. Most people who are stopped have Hispanic features or are heard speaking Spanish. This results in Hispanic people being unreasonably stopped. Racial profiling has not significantly evolved since the civil rights movement and it is crucial that minorities take action. As an illustration, Jim Crow laws kept whites separated from blacks, Mexicans, and Jewish people in the late 1800s through the mid 1900s. These laws were still in effect until mid the 1960s and it was effortless for minorities to be targeted. The civil rights movement and the integration of schools were happening while the Jim Crow laws were still in action. The Jim Crow laws made it easy for whites to commit crimes against blacks and get away with it. For example, in the book Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock, it states how white students abused Elizabeth Eckford,

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