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Racial Profiling And Male African Americans

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Racial Profiling and Male African Americans

Racial Profiling and Male African Americans

Imagine driving to the store on a cold winter day, dressed in a hoodie to keep warm. You simply pull into the parking lot in hopes of getting something nice for your daughter for the holidays. Driving the posted speed limit, you pull slowly into a parking space in the back of the store. All of a sudden, a car pulls up behind you, blocking you in. You look in your rearview mirror only to find the community crime watch officer staring you down. The officer immediately treats you like a suspect, smothering you with questions concerning what you’re doing, where you’re going; yet never ...view middle of the document...

Racial Profiling is currently experiencing an uprising in the United States. This issue may be one of the biggest problems we face amongst the American society. United States citizens have rights, and racial profiling is a major violation of these rights. The effects of racial profiling are experienced not only by the citizens but also creates a view of incompetence of police officers and law enforcement agencies. Accusations of racial profiling against police officers are hard to investigate because of a lack of evidence and accountability of the officers. New measures are needed to help decrease the amount of racial profiling cases. One possible solution would be to set up a federal program to monitor police officers and ensure the public these law enforcement agencies are, in fact, doing their job in a fair manner. Also the public is in need of stepping up and become more involved in the efforts to stop racial profiling. Our nation will continue to face this issue until these steps are taken.
The freeway is known to be the most popular location for racial profiling to occur. Many male African Americans are targeted and pulled over in hopes of the police finding drugs or other contraband. Even if a minor traffic violation has occurred, truth be known the officer had made the stop because of the driver’s race. This is considered to be racial profiling and is considered by many to be a violation of civil rights. A study conducted in 1996 in Maryland found that although African Americans accounted for only 16.9% of the drivers on I-95, they constituted 72.9% of the drivers stopped and searched by the Maryland State police” (Ramirez, 2000). These statistics can only illustrate racial profiling is in use. Pennsylvania conducted a similar study over a period of a week that showed that “African Americans accounted for 79% of all traffic stops” (ACLU). These innocent African American males are stopped, questioned and searched versus a white driver in the same exact situation whom would not be questioned. It is reported that these same minorities have been stopped because of minor equipment violations such as having tinted windows and it leads to the questioning of, “whose car is this you’re driving?” or “what are you doing in this neighborhood?”
Sadly, those areas that are in need of police the most are the same areas that racial profiling occurs the most. With this civil rights violation taking place, it makes it hard for the civilians to have trust with the police officers. This trust is needed in order for the officers to be effective at doing their job. Without this trust, citizens are less cooperative with the police and fail to come forward when information is known that is needed to help solve a case. This makes it more difficult on the police to get the job done, and the citizens see that cases are not getting solved, thus creating more of a negative perception...

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