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Racial Profiling And The United States

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In today’s world we deal with multiple cases of racial profiling seemingly on a daily basis. Turn on the television, check the internet, or simply have a discussion with someone and you’ll hear about it. "Racial Profiling" describes discriminatory practices by law enforcement officials who target people for suspicion of crime based on their ethnicity, race, origin, or religion. The term first came about during the War on Drugs in the 1970’s and 1980’s when law enforcement were accused of pulling over motorists simply because of their race, then unlawfully searching their vehicles for illegal substances. There are varying opinions about this topic and as the year’s progress, it seems acts of racism, labeling, and profiling increase. Many of the instances of racial profiling that occur today involve criminal justice. Racial profiling in the U.S began when Native Americans were forced out of their homeland as part the mindset of Manifest Destiny. Ideas of white supremacy and manifest destiny divided the people in the United States throughout the 1800s, and into the 20th century, shockingly even among those of the same race. Immigrants from Ireland and Eastern Europe, especially were seen as non-whites to the Anglo-Saxon community around the turn of the 20th century and were barred from jobs, housing areas, and were incarcerated at a higher rate than other Caucasians. The racial/ethnic group that has suffered arguably as much as the Native American have been African-Americans.
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