Racial Profiling

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Racial Profiling

The beginnings of racism and racial profiling of Asians appeared when Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos immigrated to the United States in the 1800s (Manila, 5/25/14). Later, there were a number of laws that banned certain Asian groups from immigrating, while those in the U.S. continued to face discrimination. A large wave of hatred toward people of Japanese descent arose during World War II, as Japan was the enemy of the United States. A mass racial profiling case occurred as a result of this sentiment; thousands of Japanese American citizens on the West Coast were imprisoned in internment camps under the pretext of preventing espionage. Currently, racial profiling of Middle Eastern peoples is combined with the profiling of the East Asians. After the terrorist attacks on American soil by Islamic radicals in the last two decades, many Arab Americans have been accused of espionage and terrorism and have been subjected to unfair stereotyping (Rushing, 5/19/14.)

Racism against Hispanics can be linked to the time period after the Mexican American War. Following this unjust conflict, Mexicans and people of Mexican descent were subjected to racism of all forms, including lynching and large-scale deportation (Padilla, 5/25/14). Latinos themselves began coveting the life of the white man and perpetrating cruel racist behavior against their own people (Ibid). This is referred to as internalized racism, and is a frequent consequence of oppression. From racism and internalized racism stems the racial profiling of today. The most prominent source of the racial profiling of Hispanics revolves around immigration. Hispanics are associated with being undocumented residents and are discriminated against accordingly. In 2007, the police force of New Jersey was specifically instructed to investigate only drivers who were intoxicated, or had broken a different law. However, thousands of innocent Hispanics were detained and investigated as suspected illegal immigrants (Reality, 5/25/14). Similar cases were recorded in other parts of the country.

Racial profiling and other instances of racism against Africans and African Americans go back to the colonial period of the United States, when American Anglo-Saxons first had contact with people of African descent. One instigating factor of racism against blacks is the biblical excerpt that justified it (Fredrickson, 5/20/14). The bible story tells of a black man who committed a sin and whose progeny were deemed servants as punishment (Ibid). American stereotypes, statistics, and news, show that this racist outlook has been passed down to modern times. The racial profiling of African Americans was noted since the beginning of the War on Drugs in 1982 (Rushing, 5/19/14). Law enforcement authorities focused their attentions on urban black neighborhoods. Over the next three decades, drug possession arrests tripled. About seven times more males of African descent were incarcerated compared to their Caucasian counterparts, and three times more African American females (Ibid).

Burdens of the Blacks

Hardships of Hispanics

Antagonism Agaisnt Asians

Fredrickson, George M. "The Historical Origins and Development of Racism." Pbs.org. N.p., 2003. Web. 20 May 2014. ."Manila Village, USA." The First Asian Americans : Asian-Nation. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2014. .Padilla, Laura M. "Internalized Oppression and Latinos." Www.racism.org. N.p., 1995. Web. 25 May 2014.“The Reality of Racial Profiling." Www.civilrights.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2014. . Rushing, Keith. "Dissecting the Long, Deep Roots of Racial Profiling in America." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 01 Mar. 2013. Web. 19 May 2014. .

Works Cited

In the book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a girl, Keiko, and her family are taken away from their friends, homes, and belongings. They are living one of the largest instances of racial profiling in history: the Japanese Internment Camps. As explained in the “Racial Profiling of Asians” section, the Japanese American residents of the west coast were held in crude internment camps for the duration of World War II. However, with glimpses at other racial profiling cases throughout United States’ history, a reader may be able to see Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet from a larger perspective. This glog will help the reader understand that America is full of racial profiling, and that the instances in the book are only a fraction of the whole.


From the Child's View


From a "White" Perspective

Click for more recent instances of racial profiling

Click for more on internalized racism

Click for more on Asian discrimination


From a "Black" Outlook(Interview with 49 year old relative)

Aviva PalenciaNoji, Period 4


  • mimiwooya 7 years ago

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    nice job! this is really interesting and i can tell you put tons of thought into this :)

  • wompler 7 years ago

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    Your glog provides really important and interesting information! Very clear layout and easy to navigate.

  • zackGates 7 years ago

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    And it was said, just weeks ago, that racism doesn't apply to us today. If a single word in this project is true, then without a doubt that statement is not. The fact that it is so ingrained into our culture so as to influence legal decisions of those who supposedly protect us is living proof that racism does indeed affect us today. Although this is a disgusting truth, although it is hard to look it in the eyes, we have to face it to eradicate it from our culture.

  • stephencrothrock 7 years ago

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    awesome glog, cool subtopic titles, met all requirements on rubric, nice job

  • AurumaFumare 7 years ago

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    Amazing Job with everything! extremely informative and persuasive paragraphs, backed up by extremely well chosen multimedia, all wrapped up with a nice layout. I especially like that you took the time to personally interview someone, and was very impressed with the examples in both the interview and the video. I still find it impossible to believe that the police officer blatantly lied to a judge (while under oath), blaming the two kids because they were black (admittedly, I laughed, a lot ). Although I do not doubt it's existence, I find it totally unbelievable that such racism still exist in our society today.

  • nelsonhuf 7 years ago

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    I can tell that this is a topic that you are really passionate about and it definitely showed in you glog. Nice job!

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