Have you ever been racially profiled while driving, shopping or while just walking in a particular neighborhood? Personally I have never been a victim of racial profiling, but I will be 16-years old this summer and able to drive to school, to a friends house or to shop at the mall. I realize that it is a possibility that I could be racially profiled at some point. There have been recent incidents that made racial profiling a very controversial issue. On February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, 17-year old African-American high school student walked through a gated community and was fatally shot after an altercation. Trayvon Martin’s parents strongly believed he was racially profiled, as stated in a news article…show more content… This can happen to a person even if they are not driving but just walking on the street. “This policy overwhelmingly targets minorities” especially young blacks more than any other group, only a small number of them are ever actually carrying drugs, or a gun, or done anything wrong at all (Washington Monthly 2014). This policy is suppose to reduce the crime rate. It also doesn’t just happen in New York City, it is actually happening everywhere all across America.
Another way that people are racially profiled is when they are shopping in stores. My mom would always tell me to never touch anything in the store and if I did to stay close by her. I didn’t get it until recently, when she explained that sometimes the saleperson thinks that because you are black and young you are trying to steal something from the store. I have heard of situations where a black person was followed and stopped and questioned by the store manager ,or someone who works in the store because they thought the person was going to steal something but I never thought it would affect me. According to one columnist, “The usual scenario involves suspicious glances, inattentive clerks or rude service,” is how the Associated Press described ‘shopping while black’ (Singletary, “Shopping While Black”). In most cases, a person is falsely