Racial Profiling Analytical Essay by Mark

Racial Profiling
A discussion on racial profiling and discrimination by US policemen.
# 3633 | 1,640 words | 8 sources | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 14, 2003 in Law (Constitution) , African-American Studies (Racism) , Psychology (General)

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This paper examines the practice of profiling by looking at the psychology that underlies it, which is the habit of people to use stereotypes to set off one group of people from another. The author mainly discusses cases of racial profiling amongst policemen in the United States.

From the Paper:

"Few issues provoke more intense controversy within minority communities than the police practice of profiling. If a single arena of society could be singled out to demonstrate the inequalities faced by African-Americans "especially in public life" it might be in the treatment of blacks by police officers engaged in racial profiling. A great deal of the controversy that has swirled around a number of recent police incidents involve accusations of institutional and embedded racism in the police departments as officers in a number of cities have come forward to say that racial discrimination is an integral element of the daily practices of the police force, with training officers instructing rookies to routinely stop minorities "such as Latinos with old cars or black men with their hair in corn rows" and invent after-the-fact justifications, such as a cracked windshield (Harris, 1997, p. 545). It will be useful at this point to define what exactly we mean by racial profiling.

"Racial profiling" occurs when the police target someone for investigation on the basis of that person's race, national origin, or ethnicity. Examples of profiling are the use of race to determine which drivers to stop for minor traffic violations ("driving while black") and the use of race to determine which motorists or pedestrians to search for contraband.

Racial profiling is prevalent in America. Despite the civil rights victories of 30 years ago, official racial prejudice is still reflected throughout the criminal justice system. For people of color in cities large and small across this nation, north and south, east and west, Jim Crow "justice" is alive and well (www.aclu.org)."

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