To summarize the article “Racial Profiling is Morally Wrong and Based on False Assumptions”, by James A. Kowalski, he argues that racial profiling is by no means effective, or good. It solves no problems, and causes people to fear law enforcement. Racial profiling is when an individual is suspected of a crime by law enforcement because of their race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin. For example, “all blacks are gang members”. In addition to Kowalski’s arguments, he references the Zimmerman case from 2012 as an example of racial profiling gone wrong.
In the United States, the police have the authority to use coercive force in several occasions, but only when citizens do not comply with the officer. In the states throughout the country, there have been incidents in which people believe that the police used unnecessary use of force on a victim. It has been argued that police have been taking advantage of their authority and power for no reason. In these cases there have been tragic incidents in which citizens either get killed or get beat up by police officers. Most of the time, these cases end up having riots by the community to make the court to convict the officer that killed an innocent victim.
It’s time to #TakeAKnee “We never get rid of hate by meeting hate with hate; we get rid of an enemy, by getting rid of enmity. By its very nature hate destroys and tears down.” Dr. Martin Luther King stated that the purpose of non-violent protest was not to get revenge but to change the heart of the enemy. Over the past couple of years America has begun to acknowledge police brutality as a serious problem. While state-sanctioned violence towards individuals of varying races of color is not new, the documentation through dash-cams and civilian cellphone footage has brought the brutality to light. From Ferguson to Tulsa to Baton Rouge, there have been countless cases of police brutality towards African-American men, women, and children.
In a passage written by, Ryan Wilson, Kaepernick states that his reasoning for his protest is, “ I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”...”To me this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies on the street and people getting paid leave getting away with murder” Both of these quotes support both the corruption and racism. The fact that police, and other people are getting paid to keep the streets “clean and safe” by murdering groups of people that may...or may not be innocent, without listening or even trying to resolve the issue just because of skin color is a problem. It is more or a personal issue is you cannot do your job without being suspicious of every single person, simply because they are different than you. My second reasoning for this topic is that, even though so much attention is being drawn to Kaepernick, no one is seeing the real problem with all of this.
The most recent cases with the killing of African American males will make you think that the police don’t care about Blacks. I even remember hearing people accuse the police of sending out this tweet on social media. After doing my research I believe that the police handled the case equal to how they would’ve treated any other case. They put more man power on the street to protect the public. This low income area was protected like it was a rich neighborhood.
People assign a meaning to something and decide how to act accordingly. This does not mean that assigned meanings are permanent. Assigned meanings can change based on the interactions that the individual has. To the American people the Vietnam war was a war against the evil communist and the fight for democracy, while on the other hand, Muhammad Ali did not see the war as his battle to fight in. Ali’s experiences living as an African American Muslim among a White Christian society made him believe that the white man is the devil and that the war in Vietnam is the work of the devil.
It would not be unusual to see policemen on plantations, chasing runaway slaves and returning them to their owners where harsh punishments would soon follow with no repercussions on the owners for how they treat their slaves. Police officers were certainly not hired to do the same thing once slavery was outlawed; instead, police now maintain law enforcement and order, not return humans to owners. Fast forwarding to the Civil Rights Movement, police were the ones enforcing Jim Crow laws. African Americans, though free, were given minimal freedoms, and police officers did nothing to help them break free of the restrictions. Racism greatly influenced policing in the past in terms of laws that had to be followed, and although racism can still be seen in some instances of policing today, it is certainly de facto and only seen by select officials (Sheldon, Brown, Miller, and
This is what started the Blue Lives Matter movement, a movement for police officers to be protected. Due to a spike in police deaths the government imposed harsher laws against assaulting, harming, or killing a police officers. The BLM community is concerned because they feel like they are taking a step backwards in the relationships between the community and its people with the local police officers. Lots of people are saying that the movement is unjust because they believe that “All Lives Matter,” but the movement is just simply pointing out that African Americans are being wrongfully targeted and killed. The movement is trying to prove that all of our lives should be equal not one life is better than the
“Deaths of whites at the hands of law enforcement typically receive less attention, even when the case is shrouded in controversy.” (Richardson, 1). This is an issue as a nation, we are fighting for unity among us all so I find it particularly odd that I never hear cases of police brutality against white individuals on the news, but constantly I come across one’s relating to african americans. All cases of police brutality are wrong despite color, race and ethnicity and we all deserve the right to raise awareness of this growing issue! Police
There is evidence that shows minorities officers that were off-duty had been stopped, guns pulled out on them, being put in police vans like any other minority. When the officers of these incidents made reports to their superiors, they were backlashed for their reporting-denied overtime, promotions choice of assignments. And others refused to make complaints because of actions taken against their fellow minority officers. Minority officers feel the same as any other minority that has to deal with racial profiling. They are not safer because the carry the NYPD badge and identify themselves as one of New York City finest (Kerby, 2012).