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The Issue of Racial Profiling
This paper defines and examines the issue of racial profiling.
# 39895 | 905 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 14, 2003 in African-American Studies (General) , Criminology (General)

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This paper explores the issue of racial profiling and explains that victims of racial profiling see it as discriminatory, while law enforcement and the government see it as a reasonable response to a problem. The paper considers the definition of racial profiling and notes that it is difficult to prove that a traffic stop or other kind of stop is due to racial profiling. The paper suggests that police departments and other official government agencies have a specific policy against such stops and that they keep records of their stops for the public to see. The paper includes an annotated bibliography.

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"In terms of police black confrontations, racial profiling is an accepted fact, demonstrated by the number of police departments in recent years that have admitted to the practice.
Callahan and Anderson offer a definition for racial profiling as designating "the practice of stopping and inspecting people who are passing through public places such as drivers on public highways or pedestrians in airports or urban areas where the reason for the stop is a statistical profile of the detainee' s race or ethnicity" (Callahan and Anderson 36). Some observers point out that it is difficult to regulate or pass laws against racial profiling "because racial profiling is hard to define" (Schencker and Brenner), though the above definition should serve in most instances. The incidence of racial profiling may be quite high as numerous black people report having been stopped for traffic inspections in numbers far higher than their percentage of the driving population. There is often a class issue involved as well, since many blacks who drive expensive cars are stopped, as if they must have stolen such a vehicle to be in it (Callahan and Anderson 36)."

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