Racial profiling is a very important issue that individuals in society face every day. This problem occurs in low income or poverty-stricken areas throughout cities and communities across the nation. Hundreds of anecdotal testimonials allege that law enforcement officials at all levels of government are infringing upon the constitutional rights and civil liberties of racial and ethnic minorities through a practice called “racial profiling” (Ward, 2002). So what is racial profiling? According to the National Institute of Justice, racial profiling by law enforcement is commonly defined as a practice that targets people for suspicion of crime based on their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin (National Institute of Justice, 2013).
First of all, the United States was filled with new found racism after September 11th. People of Middle Eastern descent faced more adversities because the terrorists were also Middle Eastern.In America, some people commited “hate crimes, graffiti, and plain prejudice in the weeks and months following the attacks” (“Racial Profiling and the Battle Against Terrorism”). People of Middle Eastern descent also experienced racial profiling. Much of the racial profiling came from the government when the
Capital punishment, especially in the face of hate crimes, is on the rise in the United States. With it comes the raised question: What crimes should elicit the death penalty? Moreover, is the death penalty even humane? Hate crimes are considered especially odious in the comparison of other crimes, therefore receiving harsher punitive measures than most other crimes. The proposal of issuing the death penalty in the face of hate crimes and incidents is steadily gaining popularity as well as harsher criticism against the overall humanity of capital punishment.
Racism may be steered towards a certain race now in America, but it makes an impact on people all over the country. The topic of social inequality is important to bring awareness to as it not only affects teens in modern America, but changes society’s views of tolerance and acceptance, and impacts how author’s influence readers about the topic. Racism is once again a popular topic in this country and is getting worse than it was before. Racism has turned into killing of black man and police officers. This is resulting in violent protesting.
They also begin to feel that as minorities they are in this inequality together, in return they can start to discriminate, stereotype, and prejudice the majority group in America. This can cause war and conflict in our society today. The final trait is minorities tend to be endogamous, meaning member tend to marry other members of the group. This can be imposed by the majority as in the case of laws against miscegenation. This is also problematic to our society because people of the majority can begin to look at the minority groups as even more inferior.
Often time’s people are posed with questions as to why people can do such evil things to others. For example, one can take a look at what serial killers to do to people. There have been many serial killers that have made national news. To think that the crimes these people have committed and the behaviors they have committed show correlation to what I feel should be categorized as the term deviant. Those who commit such heinous crimes don’t value morals but rather their acts and their own sick reasons why they chose to commit them.
Misrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States represent an ongoing issue which broadens everyday as individuals are exposed to distorted information of these minorities in the media. Despite the issue being well known, regulations and even movements have proven unsuccessful in eradicating xenophobia, stereotypes, discrimination, and bigotry from society. Travis L. Dixon and Daniel Linz in the article, “Television News, Prejudicial Pretrial Publicity, and the Depiction of Race,” state how media portrays People of Color (Black and Latinos) as “dangerous criminals and Black defendants are often associated with drugs and violent crimes” (117). These misleading portrayals of people of color in television often create stigmas
Racial Profiling is one of the many areas covered in racial discrimination. It refers to the discriminatory practice, especially by law enforcement officials which targets individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual 's race, ethnicity, religion or national origin. Racial profiling has been and is still an issue today in almost every part of the United States. It is seen in different situations whereby people are treated very unfairly or branded criminals and suspects without any form of evidence It is a type of racial discrimination seen in all places though racial discrimination touches many areas like award of government benefits which is unequally shared as it should ,but at times based on who the person is. For example, I was once a victim in the
Often when blacks commit a crime, the media tends to paint them as gangsters or thugs. These types of instances of bad reporting associates negative stereotypes with a certain groups. In order to end the stereotypes the media needs to do a better job reporting in a way that is unbiased. Most people get