Racial Profiling

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Racial profiling is the discriminating practise of targeting someone for suspicions of committing a crime based on their race, ethnicity, or religion. Racial profiling is a problem that has been around for many centuries ever since the white majority have learnt that all the people in the world are not the same color or race. In today's world racial profiling is an extreme problem because of law enforcement in the USA having a very high usage rate of it. This has greatly affected the African American populations of the USA because police have racially profiled many African Americans just because of their color. Though this is happening a lot, it is not something that is silently being watched by America. People have recognized that it is against…show more content…
Racial profiling has had great effects on African American communities all over the US. Victims of racial profiling incidents and people who have witnessed have begun to fear and hate the police when they should be trusting that they are there to keep them safe. Many incidents have occured in the US where unarmed black individuals have been brutally killed by the hands of white police or have been pulled over when driving because they have commited the crime of “driving while black”, which in today's world has become something that African Americans have to fear because of the likeliness of them being pulled over by police, because of their racial bias towards them. “Driving while black” is something that black families tell their kids to be careful of at a young age because of their own experiences with police. In between 2007-2010, people of colored skin accounted for 75 percent of the people stopped by Boston police and 65 percent of them were black in a city whose population was made up of 25 percent African Americans at that time. After all these high profile police shootings and many African Americans getting stopped everyday just because of the color of their skin, relationships between police and African American communities are not very good. Many protests have occurred in the US where African Americans have came…show more content…
After all the high profile police shootings and then the protests against police, many peaceful protest initiatives have sprung to life. Black Lives Matter is a group that has gained lots of recognition for their protests against racism because of their continual efforts to raise awareness for it. Black Lives Matter was a group that was created by its three founders in response to a high profile police shooting in which the officer was acquitted of all charges. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi first created the movement “#BlackLivesMatter” as a Twitter hashtag in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin shooting case, but now the group has greatly expanded. A guiding principle that the Black Lives Matter group abides by is that every black individual and human on earth has a value no matter their disabilities, sexuality, gender, and etc. Their uprising has had a big impact on the way many people think about black people now. Another group that is making efforts to educate the public and most importantly law enforcement about people of color is the NAACP: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. This group is making continual efforts to erase racial profiling and racial bias in
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