Racial Profiling Term Paper

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Racial profiling is a popular method used by law officers in order to hypothetically enhance crime prevention by targeting minorities, because they are more likely to commit a crime. According to Wikipedia, racial profiling is defined as: the inclusion of race in the profile of a person considered likely to commit a particular crime or type of crime. In other words, it is targeting specific ethnic groups because they are more likely to commit certain crimes. Racial profiling is a flagrant form of racism. According to Dictionary.com, racism is defined as hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. Nevertheless, it shouldn't be confused with stereotyping, because they are two different things even if racial profiling is heavily …show more content…

Because of continuously evolving surveillance technology, the issue of racial profiling has been brought to the public's attention. Some consider racial profiling a viable tool to reduce crime since it targets individuals that are more likely to commit crimes according to empirical evidence and statistics accumulated over the years like this graph shows.

By looking at the following graph, one can easily see that Blacks are more likely to be incarcerated then Whites or Asians in the U.S. One could argue that racial profiling is, albeit discrimanatory or racist, effective because all it's really doing is attacking the root of the problem. People who defend racial profiling point towards crime stats and truly believe that racial profiling should be used as a crime deterrent and that it could possibly reduce crime rates. We live in a world where racial profiling is done on a consistent basis but we can't always see it. For instance, if a black person goes for a job interview, the person giving the interview can go with them through the interview but might not end up giving them the job by saying that they simply found another candidate that was more qualified.

Even doctors use racial profiling when prescribing medicine because they know with experience, how black and white people


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