Jonathan P. Michigan

Racial Profiling of Black Males

We need to reduce the amount of profiling of black males in America.

Dear Future President,

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. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics an African American male born in 2001 has a 32% chance of going to jail in his lifetime, while a white male only has a 6% chance. What makes this okay in people's eyes? Why do people of different races face different percentages of go to jail in their lifetime?

Studies on show that police are more likely to pull over and frisk blacks than whites. In New York City, 80% of the stops made were blacks, and 85% of those people were frisked, compared to a mere 8% of white people stopped.

There has been a saying called Driving While Black, abbreviated as DWB, is a phrase in American English that refers to the racial profiling of black drivers. The phrase implies that a motorist might be pulled over by a police officer simply because he or she is black, and then questioned, searched, and/or charged with a trivial offense.The profiling of people just because of their skin tone needs to be stopped. There should be ad campaigns put out to broadcast to the nation that racial profiling is not something that should be accepted by the people. Why are we allowing this to continue and harm our nation?

The linkage between Blacks and crime was spurred. The stereotyping of Blacks as criminals is so pervasive throughout society that “criminal predator” is used as a substitute for “young black male.” This common stereotype has commonly served as a subtle rationale for the unofficial policy and practice of racial profiling by criminal justice practitioners. Police are more likely to follow a black person around just because of the color of their skin. They justify these actions by saying that they happen to look suspicious in the actions they were doing.We should care about this topic because it is putting innocent people in jail or prison day in and day out. Innocent people don't get a chance to continue living their lives freely all because someone thought that they looked suspicious. This is why we should take action and end racial profiling together.

Sincerely Jonathan P.

Carman-Ainsworth High School

Carman-Ainsworth High School

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