Professor Barrie Stevens
Writing 101- 10
November 19, 2012
Land of the Free, Home of the White; A Study of Racial Profiling in Arizona
Racial profiling is essentially the act of using skin color as a probable cause to detain someone. This phenomenon is unfortunately very common, and is frequently used by law enforcement agencies around the United States as a means to deal with illegal activity. It is morally reprehensible in that it promotes racist practice amongst law enforcement officers, and it is inefficient as a method of law enforcement because it discourages investigation. Despite these aspects of racial profiling there are places in the United States where it is favored. In April of 2010, a new legislative act was signed in the state of Arizona for the purpose of cracking down on illegal immigration. This law is an example of racial profiling at its worst, while at the same time having a negative impact on the overall efficiency of law enforcement in Arizona. The bill, entitled Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act consists of provisions the purpose of which is to curtail and punish illegal immigration and anyone involved in. There is a provision in the law that advocates racial profiling. One of the stipulations of the law states “A law enforcement officer, without a warrant, may arrest a person if the officer has probable cause to believe that the person has committed any public offense that makes the person removable from the United States” (Arizona State Senate). This stipulation is what gives the law its power to enforce the other stipulation it puts forward. It is because of this provision that law enforcement officers are able to detain people they suspect of being guilty of the offences laid out in this law. However, this provision also sanctions racial profiling. Given that the stipulation that gives the law this power is dependent on racial profiling, the entire law relies on racial profiling to...
...The Classical Argument Final Draft
RacialProfiling and the Arizona Immigration Law
The Arizona Immigration Law is a form of racialprofiling, and it is wrong for the following three reasons 1) it is racists, 2) it is unconstitutional, and 3) it is regressive in today’s modern society. Supporters have taken the position that the Arizona Immigration Law should be welcomed in our society since similar legislation has been accepted in Utah, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and South Carolina. However, articles, cases, and research have proven that the position of the supporters to be wrong. (Fox News).
The first reason why the Arizona Immigration Law is wrong is that it is racist. Joseph Healy in his book, Race, Ethnicity and Class, defines ideological racism as, the belief system that asserts a particular group, or social class that justifies their prejudice towards someone. This is used to rationalize the prejudice of one cultural group over another in society (Healy 27). Following, is an example that demonstrate how the Arizona Immigration Law is racist. The Alabama Immigration Law is similar to the Arizona Immigration Law. In an article by Maureen Costello she states that the Alabama Immigration Law states that “schools are required to determine the immigration status of every student at the...
...Should RacialProfiling be a Legitimate Law-Enforcement Policy?
Racialprofiling is an act where all people of a certain race are treated as criminal suspects by those of law enforcement. This occurs when police investigate, stop, frisk search or use force against a person based on race instead of a person’s criminal behavior. It often involves the stopping and searching of people of color for traffic violations. One controversial issue in the discussion of racialprofiling has been how to prove if it is legitimate. On the one hand, some argue it is correct policy to search or investigate those of a particular race in order to control crime. On the other hand, some contend it is an unconstitutional stereotype that causes unfair treatment and harm to people of that race. Racialprofiling occurs more than it should and there needs to be a legitimate law enforcement policy created to resolve the issue.
Racialprofiling has been occurring throughout our nation, for as far back as many of us can remember. Racialprofiling stems from racism and fear of people who are different, ethnically and culturally, than the person making the judgments. During the Civil Rights Era, racialprofiling was a major issue, thousands of black Americans were unnecessarily stopped and arrested on...
...Racialprofiling has become a prominent issue in America. After the incident with Rodney King, more emphasis has been placed on profiling. According to news reports, Rodney King was driving down the street in his hometown of L.A. when several police officers stopped him solely of the color of his skin. There are many conflicting reports that state he was speeding doing about 100 mph before they stopped him. When he was stopped, he was pulled out of the car, the police proceeded to deliver 56 baton blows and six kicks to him. In a period of two minutes, King had 11 skull fractures, brain damage, and kidney damage. A man named George Holliday, standing near the sight videotaped the incident. Several months later, the police officers were cleared of criminal charges in this case. Racially bias policing exist almost everywhere in this country. America, the land of the free, home of the brave. In this nation people assume that they have equal rights, but do they? The declaration states that all men are created equal, but are they? Following the King incident new awareness had been raised. What predisposed issues were there that caused them to stop King at the particular time? There is not much difference between "racialprofiling" and "racially biased policing". Racialprofiling refers to and is frequently defined as law enforcement activities (e.g., detentions, arrests, searches)...
...How Racism is Handled Throughout American Law Officials
Imagine being in a situation where someone was a Mexican male driving and following all rules of the road but still getting pulled over. Would that person rethink the way they were driving and convince themselves they made a mistake or would they think it is because they appear to be Hispanic? Racialprofiling is 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. Racialprofiling does not work and is unconstitutional. Criminal profiling works if it is based off of behavioral factors, not race.
Racialprofiling is not only discriminatory, but against the law in many states. An example of racialprofiling would be when certain federal courts showed that transportation systems engage in racialprofiling of their passengers in violation of Federal law, like in Boston, where an employee from the airport removed a Hispanic man and two Israeli men from a plane because that employee thought they were Arab. Many people who engage in racialprofiling use stereotypes to catch “criminals.” Such as the stereotype that all Muslims are terrorists, which is not true because terrorism is against the Islamic religion.
23 November 2013
In the United States, ‘The land of the Free’, racialprofiling of minority groups seems all too common. Many Americans believe that law enforcement as well as many other people often discriminates on minority groups simply because of their color of their skin. Civil rights activist and many leaders of minority groups are pressuring Enforcement agencies to eliminate racial and ethnic profiling during traffic stops and supposed random pedestrian stops. However, many law enforcement representatives claim that the complaints about these activities are overstated and are simply in the heads of the accusers. As a nation with a history of racial slavery and racial segregation, particularly towards any group that is not Anglo-American or fair skinned, African-Americans have long complained of racialprofiling. Although racial slavery has been over for over one hundred years, and segregation that ended over fifty years ago, there is still tension between many people over race. Hispanics and Muslims are two other ethnic groups that feel the racialprofiling, often being suspected of being terrorists or being illegal immigrants.
Racialprofiling is not a new subject in America....
...manifests itself is the practice of racialprofiling, which is “any arbitrary police-initiated action based on race, ethnicity, or natural origin rather than a person’s behavior.”1 In an attempt to fight the war on drugs, or, more recently, on terrorism, federal and local governments are searching for more effective policies, which can have unintended racial consequences. Racialprofiling happens to be one of them. More specifically, it comes into play when law enforcement agencies assume that people of certain race, ethnicity, and religion are more likely to be engaged in something illegal. Not surprisingly, such practices lead to a tremendous public backlash, raising questions concerning society’s commitment to the rule of law and the protection of individual rights,2 as well as moral and ethical aspects of such policies. Given how sensitive and controversial the topic of race is, it is important to try to answer the question whether racialprofiling can be justified as a public policy. Thus, we look at opposite viewpoints of two scholars: Scott Johnson, a conservative journalist and an attorney, who supports racialprofiling, and David A. Harris, a law professor and a leading authority on racialprofiling, who argues against racialprofiling.
Johnson suggests that racial...
February 13, 2013
13 February 2013
RacialProfiling In the 21st Century
Racialprofiling is a big issue. Many people have been victimized because of cops and other high authorities’ senseless attitudes on how to handle the law. What people have to realize is that racialprofiling does happen to innocent people who are mostly targeted or pursued because of their race or sometimes even because of their religion. These things can also cause citizens to become very angry and unwilling to cooperate with law enforcement. Racialprofiling has been the cause of many outbreaks of riots. There has even been many riots because of innocent people being racial profiled against; causing citizens to become antagonistic, bitter, and hateful towards the law. This can be a problem because they even target good police. The cause of racialprofiling can start not only hostile attitudes, but a shift in the views of how police treat citizens. Racialprofiling is a method that police and other law enforcement agents use to catch someone who has committed a crime or is about to commit one. It is a controversial method. In fact, even the meaning of racial...
...ANALYSIS OF “RACIALPROFILING AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE” 1
Analysis of “RacialProfiling and Criminal Justice”
Colorado Mesa University
ANALYZING RACIALPROFILING AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2
I chose to analyze article titled “RacialProfiling and Criminal Justice” which is written
By Jesper Ryberg within the Journal of Ethics; March 2011. This journal article was discovered
within the EBSCO Host library. Ryberg’s thesis states “The main argument that has been
presented by advocates of the use of racialprofiling as a law enforcement tactic is that race (or
ethnic) characteristics help the police to target those more likely to be criminals.” They are stating they will apprehend more criminals by using racialprofiling. Ryberg’s major arguing factors are that the cost to benefit ratio is not worth it. Ryberg points out that terrorists adapt to the racialprofiling and prove it is non-beneficial. The final argument presented is profiling a specific minority may help to decrease the sum of violations but at the same time increase the criminal rate as a whole by failing...