TITLE

Counterpoint: The Dangers of Racial Profiling

AUTHOR(S)
Witherbee, Amy
PUB. DATE
March 2019
SOURCE
Points of View: Racial Profiling;3/29/2019, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents an argument on the dangers of racial profiling. Although the phrase did not become part of mainstream parlance until the 1990s, the problem of racial profiling has been a matter of debate in this country for decades. With its history of slavery, indentured servitude, and persistent waves of immigration, the U.S. is always struggling to balance the celebration of its diverse cultural identities with its commitment to equality and justice. The racial profiling debate of the 1990s began after two white New Jersey police officers stopped a van in which four African Americans and Latinos were traveling. In the process of questioning and searching the van, the officers ended up shooting three of the van's four passengers, despite the fact none of them were armed. The case brought to light an attitude so common in our country that many police forces considered it an official policy. It is all the more important that we pull our gazes away from the urgency of the present long enough to remember the lessons of the past, and a future that will look back on us with either pride or shame.
ACCESSION #
12461190

 

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