Racial Profiling

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The United States has always been known as the land of the free and home of the brave but there are many problems internally that almost get swept under the rug and not talked about. Racial profiling is one of these things. Only in recent years has this become such a hot topic, finally bringing awareness to such a terrible thing. Although many do not think this is a problem, citizens of the US need to know about this and what they can all do and learn to fix this to make our country more united and then the US will truly be the land of the free and home of the brave. Racial profiling has always been around, and it really got its start in the early years of the United States. Before the Civil War there were normal citizens that had to be on “Slave Patrol”, where they would have to go to homes of the slaves and do illegal things that searching for things, take people away, and even beat these people (Harris). This is around the time the white supremacist group, the KKK, was formed which lead to more racial profiling. Racial profiling was still around while there were the Jim Crow Laws in the 60s but then in the 1980s is when law enforcement got more attention for racial profiling and the problems that it was causing and why they were happening. It got more attention because of the drug epidemic in the 1980s. Law enforcement started to go after people of color and diverted their attention to only them, causing lots of bad things to happen, an example of this the Rodney King
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