Essay on An Argument Against Racial Profiling
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When people act on their stereotypical views, that is when stereotyping becomes a big concern and can affect others.Stereotyping is the main cause that leads to profiling. Anyone of any race can experience profiling, and racial profiling discriminates and victimizes people who may not necessarily be committing a crime.
Innocent minorities may be portrayed to do be doing something bad. According to Sameera Hazif, Policy Director of Rights Working Group, an African American named Mahari Bailey was driving in his Range Rover and was asked to stop four times just because the police thought he was acting suspiciously (Hazif). Latino-immigrant, Angel Castro-Torres was stopped on his motorcycle by two police officers because he looked Latino.…show more content…
Selena the “queen of tejano” was also denied access in a store when buying a dress for the Grammy’s, they assumed she couldn't afford something expensive because she was hispanic (Goff) . Barack Obama is the most surprising individual who has been racially profiled by being denied access to a store and he has said how car doors have locked when he passes by on the streets (Goff). Racial profiling has to do with stereotyping. Its assumes that what you hear is true about a race but in real life, every single person, culture,or color aren't the same. Most celebrities have been racially profiled happened in stores that only care about the look of it. These stores don't care about the well-being of a customer.Stores are judgemental when it comes to the color of a customer's skin and unfairly singling people out. There had been racial profiling allegations against Barneys New York that they accused two black customers of fraud when buying expensive items.(Burke) This was called the “shop and frisk” scandal (Burke). Barneys had made a bad word for themselves while trying to maintain the stores high end name by not having blacks shopping in their store. In the Trayvon Martin case, many people suspect George Zimmerman racially profiled(NeJame). Zimmerman,a neighborhood watch volunteer, had shot
The Struggle with Racism in America
Racism has been a problem in the United States of America for a long time, dating back to early America when the Native Americans were often attacked, relocated, and forcibly assimilated into European culture. The African slave trade also helped contribute to the environment of a racist culture in America by debasing the African races and teaching Caucasian Americans that they are better than the African races. Although the civil rights of African Americans has improved over the last few decades and America now has an African American president racism still has a strong presence.A common modern trend in America is incidental racism, which is giving other races equal opportunity and using other elements to justify racist behavior.
Garret (2009) tells us that prejudice and bigotry are learned behaviors, or habits that people begin to form when they are in an environment where others do the same. The adults in the young American’s live are the examples that the young children see and learn from, and when a parent or other significant other displays racist behavior the child is likely to learn at a young age that other races are not equal to his or her own race. One important step to reducing the racism in America is to include curriculum in all education programs that supports equality in the minds of the youth. A second step that could be taken is to eliminate stereotypes in the classroom through open discussion of equality and education regarding the dangers of stereotypes. These measures can help support equality and counter the effects of any racism or bigotry that takes place in the children’s homes by helping them see and understand what stereotypes and racism are and that they should be avoided. This shows incidental racism in that the African Americans were allowed to have their own rally, but the rally was segregated and prejudice was shown by the. In this case the African American crime rate would justify security precautions, however degraded quality of the route and the excessiveness of the police response reveals a racist intent.
While there has been much progress made towards the idea of racial equality in America there still is work to be done in educating the youth and optimizing their environment to support equality and racial tolerance. The adults and significant others in the lives of the children are the examples that the children learn to follow as they get older. By educating the children at a young age about the dangers of stereotype we can minimize the transference of racism to the future generations.