Racial Profiling by Police Essay

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Brent Staples’ essay, “When the Paranoids Turn Out to be Right,” acknowledges the issues of racism and racial profiling committed by police. In “Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun,” Geoffrey Canada also expresses views on this issue when he asserts that police fail to protect and serve individuals in poor neighborhoods. Staples contends, “Among the day-to-day acts of discrimination that shadow African Americans, none are more stressful or dangerous than those committed by police, some of whom treat black people as criminals until proved otherwise.” (Staples. 380) Although statistics show that the looming presence of narcotics and violence is more prevalent in urban neighborhoods, police should apply the same effort to protect individuals in these…show more content…
With this new evidence, millions of white people now have a substantial insight into the nightmarish reality that black people have to live day after day. In state legislative hearings carried out by the Black and Latino Caucus of New Jersey, the interviews of former state troopers revealed that barracks bulletin boards were once covered with racial epithets and that troopers would use racist banter over the radio, describing cars with black drivers as “buckets of coal.” This testimony, along with other first- hand accounts given at this conference provides proof that when entering encounters with African- Americans, police often have a pessimistic view instead of an objective one. In addition to treating those in poor neighborhoods as criminals until proven otherwise, police also are failing these individuals when they continue to have the preconceived notion that efforts to control violence and crime in these neighborhoods are futile. According to statistics published by the U.S. Department of Justice, African Americans are disproportionately represented in incarceration rates. Among men, blacks are about six more times as likely to be admitted to prison during their life. Based on current rates of incarceration an estimated 7.9% of black males compared to 0.7% of white males will enter State or Federal prison by the time they are age 20. Also, Lower income households were more likely than higher income households to experience

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