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Racial Profiling

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What image comes to mind when picturing the face of those who keep us safe from things that go bump in the night? The answer to that question is vastly different depending on the color of one’s skin. From the time we first achieve cognitive thought, we are taught, by society and through the educational system, to treat law enforcement officers with high regard, accepting them as our protectors. The image thrust upon citizens is that the Police are valiant heroes, watching over Americans by keeping the peace, providing safety, and demonstrating justice for all. The reality and experience for the nation’s minorities, and in particular Black Americans is far from this image. Throughout the history of the United States, black people understood that avoidance of interactions with the Police was necessitated as a means of protecting their bodies and their lives. Minorities’ fears of law enforcement are in large part due to its practice of racial profiling resulting in police brutality incidences, stop and frisk frequency, and disproportionate incarceration rates.
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 national origin. (ACLU) Through this activity, black people are subjected to various unjust, institutionalized actions and procedures in disproportionate numbers. Given the fact that racial bias and prejudice is institutionalized (i.e.
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