The Conservative Case Against Racial Profiling Forman Analysis

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In his essay “Arrested Development: The Conservative Case Against Racial Profiling” published in the New Republic on September 10, 2001, professor James Forman Jr. illustrates his disagreement with racial profiling. Forman Jr. is a professor at Yale Law School. He teaches Constitutional Law and seminars on race and the criminal justice system. In his piece, Forman primary goal is to create understanding about the effectiveness of racial profiling and how this affects the black community especially youths. Forman achieves this by appealing to a liberal audience. Moreover, Forman’s essay was published in a newspaper which targeted audience are individuals open to new ideas and opinions, and individuals advocating for social reform. Also, another important aspect is that during his essay, Forman attacks the conservative party which also gives a clear idea of his intended audience. By establishing his credibility …show more content…

starts his pieces by highlighting the values and good education taught at The Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Forman continues to introduce the main problem which is racial profiling by the police. He explains that racial profiling is an obstacle for the students at Maya Angelou which ethnicity is mostly blacks or African Americans. Furthermore, Forman discusses how conservatives want “color-blindness” which mean that we all should have the same rights, however, he argues that racial profiling contradicts this idea. Forman also provides sufficient evidence to show how students are being victimized by the police due to racial profiling and he shows how this victimization instead of helping the police it discourage this community from collaborating in a situation of real manner. Finally, Forman compares New York police system versus Chicago police system. Forman offers an approach of incorporating a police system that works along with the community, therefore, the “good guys” could be differentiated from the “bad

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