Is Racial Profiling Unnecessary
Racial profiling has been around for as long as we can remember, the discrimination practice by the law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individuals’ race, ethnicity or religion. Racial profiling has been around but is it unnecessary for the world that we live in today. It is illegal, violating the U.S. Constitution’s essential promises of equal protection under the law to all and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. Just as importantly, racial profiling is ineffective. It separates communities from law enforcement, hampers community policing efforts, and causes law enforcement to lose credibility and trust among the people that they are supposed to protect at the end of the day. On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. There has been countless of “accidents” like this where police offers racially profile African Americans and suspect them of wrong doing and killing them and getting away with it. We rely on the police to protect us and offer fairness and safety in the communities that we live in. Racial profiling has led a ton of community’s to not feel safe and police taking advantage of racially profiling people.
African Americans are the most affected by racial profiling because the result is sometimes death to them. There has been countless of times where police offers feel “threatened” just because someone is black and that is wrong when that person has done nothing wrong to them or the community. Lisa Graybill, deputy legal director for the SPLC stated “Racial profiling is pervasive and insidious. It creates profound distrust between over-policed communities and law enforcement, thereby endangering public safety” (Graybill 3). With all of these innocent African Americans getting killed by police officers, it creates a distrust in police. When people cannot even count on police officers to protect them it endangers the community of their safety because there is no one to protect them.