Arguments Against Racial Profiling

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Regarding to racial profiling and the multiple perceptions that go along with it, the issue refers to the use of race as the answer in police decision making. More importantly, let’s look into the public’s perception of profiling through the classification of race, class, and personal experience. Weitzer and Tuch (2002) conducted this study to stretch this issue that has grown over the recent years and has touched based on the classifications mentioned earlier. Their major findings from surveying the respondents’ attitudes contributed towards the citizens’ hostility with the police. Basically, the classifications that were most affective to the citizens in their findings were race and personal experiences. They have constructed three tables with substantial evidence hinting at different …show more content…

In Table 1, they collected data from respondent’s attitudes towards racial profiling by age, race, and gender. Weitzer and Tuch (2002) 94.3% of blacks and 84.4% of whites both agreed that the law enforcement shouldn’t use racial profiling as a tool. However, regarding to gender the percentage for white women are higher than white males in disapproving this tactic. In Table 2, they gathered data on racial differences facing the police. One of the questions they asked was “Just your impression, are blacks in your community treated less fairly than whites in dealing with the police, such as traffic incidents?” Table 1 and Table 2 together supported racial splits on their personal thoughts and conflicts with the police. Another one of Weitzer and Tuch findings were that 39% of blacks had unfavorable views about their local police than 12.8% of whites and 30.3% of blacks had unfavorable views of the state police than 7.7% whites (2002). Their findings show that blacks see profiling as more pervasive, with 81.6% of blacks feeling this way versus 60.2% of whites (Weitzer

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