Racial Profiling Term Paper

1588 Words Mar 25th, 2007 7 Pages
Racial profiling is a popular method used by law officers in order to hypothetically enhance crime prevention by targeting minorities, because they are more likely to commit a crime. According to Wikipedia, racial profiling is defined as: the inclusion of race in the profile of a person considered likely to commit a particular crime or type of crime. In other words, it is targeting specific ethnic groups because they are more likely to commit certain crimes. Racial profiling is a flagrant form of racism. According to Dictionary.com, racism is defined as hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. Nevertheless, it shouldn't be confused with stereotyping, because they are two different things even if racial profiling is heavily …show more content…
What if one of the people that took me aside in country B would come to my country and he would be considered as a slave? Under the ethical theory known as the "Veil of Ignorance", every person in society has the right to equal freedom. Also if there is an inequality in society, it must be to everyone's advantage. Since racial profiling violates a person's freedom, the violation benefits no one, therefore racial profiling should be considered immoral.

One way of trying to eliminate racial profiling, would be through extensive data collection because it is beneficial on many fronts. According to http://www.racialprofilinganalysis.neu.edu/background/, data collection gives the following benefits:
• Send a strong message to the community that the department is against racial profiling and that racial profiling is inconsistent with effective policing and equal protection
• Build trust and respect for the police in the communities they serve
• Provide departments with information about the types of stops being made by officers, the proportion of police time spent on high-discretion stops, and the results of such stops
• Help shape and develop training programs to educate officers about racial profiling and interactions with the community
• Enable the development of police and community dialogue to assess the quality and quantity of police-citizen encounters
• Allay community concerns about the activities of police
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