Racial Profiling Is Unfair, Ineffective, And Dangerous

1467 WordsDec 1, 20156 Pages
In today’s society we face racial profiling every day. People judge people based on the color of their skin. A store owner assumes it’s a Hispanic that stole. A police officer pulls over mainly African Americans for traffic violations. These are all examples of racial profiling. According to oxforddictionaries.com the definition of racial profiling is: The use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense. Racial profiling is wrong because it is unfair, ineffective, and dangerous. Racial profiling is unfair because it violates the 4th amendment of the US Constitution, which states "[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." (https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fourth_amendment, n.d.) At first it may not be obvious how racial profiling coincides with this, but it has everything to do with this. In 2005 the U.S. Department of Labor 's Bureau of Justice Statistics says that “[p]olice actions taken during a traffic stop were not uniform across racial and ethnic categories” They also stated that Black drivers were twice as likely to be arrested during traffic stops as White drivers. The U.S. Department of Labor 's Bureau of Justice Statistics also
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