Racial Profiling in Different Ways Essay

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Racial Profiling has been used by law enforcement officials from early 60’s during the civil rights movement. The term “racial profiling” which was introduced to criticize abusive police practices against people of different race, ethnicity or national origin. One must assess how to understand the practice, and how to keep it distinct from other issues. Racial profiling is defined as “any police-initiated action that relies on the race, ethnicity, or national origin, rather than the behavior of an individual or information that leads the police to a particular individual who has been identified as being, or having been, engaged in criminal activity.” (Ramirez 5).
This definition leads us to discussion on what racial profiling has been
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Second case being race, ethnic, or nationality screening at airports which became apprehending for people who were Middle Eastern after the 9/11 attacks. Third case being investigations based on highways and on border patrol based on racial criteria, with a goal to intercept drug and weapons trafficking. These three cases differ a bit from each one of them in the way crime is committed or threat it causes to human beings. While first case is not a major threat affecting a huge amount of people second and third cases can indirectly or directly affect a huge group of people. Second and third cases would based in the essay and how measures can be taken to reduce profiling.
Harris discusses in his article “Driving While African-American” , “A career soldier and a highly decorated veteran of Desert Storm and Operation United Shield in Somalia, SFC Gerald, a black man of Panamanian descent, found that he could not travel more than 30 minutes through the state without being stopped twice”. This scenario Mr. Gerald faces in this article is a clear indication of a black man being pulled over and is a clear incident of racial profiling where police also switch off their car video cameras to take out the video evidence. They go to an extent where Mr. Gerald is with his kid and surrounded by barking dogs and checking on each belonging. It is a simple abuse of power where police would not have needed to go to the extent of pulling a war veteran

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