Racial Profiling In Today's Society

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Racial profiling is a controversial topic in today’s society, it leads to false assumptions without having any facts. People suspect and target people based on a stereotype about their race. Many minorities are targeted by government officials such as police officers just because of their race or ethnicity. Just because a particular person from a particular race did something wrong, everyone from that race is being discriminated against by people from other races. Injustice is all around us and peoples right are being violated. In Citizen, a book of different stories, Claudia Rankine shows how the black community is being discriminated against and socially profiled. Rankine shares some of her and her friends experiences that they encountered regarding discrimination. In one of the stories titled “Stop-and-Frisk”, Rankine informs the audience that stop and frisk has become a problem. Rankine tells a story of man…show more content…
Racial profiling is suspecting someone having committed an offense by their race or ethnicity. Pulling someone over for the color of their skin violates many civil right acts. In “Stop-and-Frisk”, Rankine repeats the phrase, “And you are not the guy and you still fit the description because there is only one guy who is always the guy fitting the description” (Rankine 105). She wants to emphasise that he was pulled over just because he ‘looks’ like the suspect. Just because a black person committed an act it doesn 't mean that everyone else from the same race should be stopped and questioned. Rankine manages to show how African Americans are being discriminated against. They are stopped even though they have done nothing that breaks the law. Many of us would like to think that this world has changed and common discrimination has disappeared however, that is not the case. Stereotyping is very common and is used to characterize a whole race of people based on the actions of a few of
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