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What is racial profiling?"Racial Profiling" refers to the discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual's race, ethnicity, religion or national origin(1).

Which law enforcement officers racially profile?Many law enforcement officials today racially profile people for many different reasons. Security guards at department stores often profile people thinking that some races are more likely to shoplift, airport security agents profile for races that are more likely to hijack, and police officers for races that are seen as more likely to carry drugs. Just recently added to that list are airplane pilots who have ordered passengers to actually disembark from their airplane because ‘the passenger’s ethnicity aroused the pilots’ suspicions(1). Evidentially enough, it would be hard to tell if all of these officials profile based solely on race, or ethnicity, or if there were other factors that played any role in the accusation.

Most people reading this can agree that racial profiling can be very unjust and in many cases not work, but it does still exist and is justified by some major government officials even today. Though statistics show that in New York City just in the past year 140,000 young men and women were stopped and 86% were black or Latino (6), statistics also show that in Los Angeles alone, out of the 600 murders committed, 90% were committed by black or Latino people, with each group responsible for around 45% of that 90% (5). If for instance in LA, law enforcement agents did not accept these statistics and profile based on race, it may be much harder to find the culprit and murder victims may in fact rise.

Argument for racial profilingIn 2001, Debbie Schlussel wrote, "Lets face it. Profiling is necessary, if evil. When terrorists on our own shores tried to blow up the World Trade Center and planned to detonate many other U.S cities containing large numbers of people, their names were not Steven and Thor or Juan and Jesus. They had names like Mohammed Salameh, Nidel Ayyad, Ahmad Mahommed Ajaj, etc. Prosecutors showed at trial that Yousef also planned to blow up a dozen U.S ariliners over the Far East in January 1995, as part of a terrorist plot he called 'Project Bojinka,' meaning 'chaos in the sky'. Without the use of profiling and FBI informants, they would have succeeded." (5)

What was the DWB?The DWB was a reference to the inequalities that black drivers faced as they were being pulled over and searched. DWB stands for 'Driving While Black' and evetually led to other descriptions of inequalities that included "walking while black" for pedestrian offenses, "learning while black" for students in schools, and "eating while black" for restaurants. This also happens to other races; An example is Flying while Muslim, referring to the scrutiny that Arabs and Muslim face as airline passengers.

Below are some real life stories from people that have been racially profiled. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5557545http://www.racialicious.com/2011/09/14/a-racial-profiling-victim-on-911-shares-her-story/http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/us/racial-profiling-at-boston-airport-officials-say.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

White Privledge?Is it real?

In the book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, racial profiling is seen everywhere. When Henry and Keiko go to buy the record and are refused service because the store clerk believes them both to be Japanese, this is true racial profiling as the only cause for the refused service would be solely their race. As all the Japanese people get taken away, we can see that it’s not because any of them have committed an offense, it is because of their racial background. At the time that the book is taking place, all Japanese people are being profiled everywhere that they go, in extreme ways.

Who is targeted?Concerning the pictures to the left, it is easy to see that African American people were the most targeted by officials, with Latino people being targeted the second most. Many people argue that, since Caucasian people make up about 75.1% of the population in the United States and African Americans make up 12.3%, that it is obvious that racial profiling is implemented in many cases as ‘black’ people and Latino people are stopped or treated suspiciously in more cases than ‘whites’ are. It may also be argued that Black people are just more likely to commit a crime too though. (4)

By Amrine White

Works Cited: 1. https://www.aclu.org/racial-justice/racial-profiling-definition 2. (for picture on far left) http://politic365.com/2013/07/15/obamas-trayvon-statement-confirms-hell-never-focus-on-justice-and-race/ 3. (middle picture) http://www.sentencingproject.org/template/page.cfm?id=122 4. (cross referenced) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_United_States 5. http://aclu.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000698 6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM4Xe6Dlp0Y 7. https://www.aclu.org/racial-justice/driving-while-black-racial-profiling-our-nations-highwaysBoth youtube videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHJN-0zAXK8, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPctP2gyatA and the personal stories have their links printed directly on the page. Any non-referenced material is my own opinions and inferences and relates to the nearest referenced source.



  • Porter42 6 years ago

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    Great graphics. There were a couple of grammar mistakes but there is a lot of good information and it is presented well.

  • lizziebuoy 6 years ago

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    I thoroughly enjoyed your glog. I was able to learn quite a few things I didn't know from it.

  • oliverhackerr 6 years ago

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    this is a great glog with a nice layout. very informitive and easy to read.

  • coppercrafter 6 years ago

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    this was a beautiful glog, with a nice layout, and great info.

  • amynoji 6 years ago

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    Awesome work, Amrine. Nominating to Glogpedia!