The Problem of Racial Profiling

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We are taught that slavery ended thousands of years ago. It wasn’t until the early 1960’s segregation would end, allowing all races to be in the same room together. Slavery ending meant that African Americans would finally be free.

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After years and years of fighting for equality, it finally happened. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed, ending segregation throughout the world, overruling the separate but equal laws. However, what we expected was the opposite from reality. Even though both segregation and slavery ended, there are still many problems African Americans and many other races face in society today. Social injustice is the unfairness or injustice of events in a society. Even though there are thousands of social injustices throughout the world, one that affects me the most is racial profiling. Racial profiling is when people are suspected of committing a crime based on their race or ethnicity.

Racial profiling is a major problem in our society today. Even though it can happen to any race, I mostly notice it occurs amongst African Americans. I chose to write about racial profiling because I’ve seen it happen not only to others, but to me. Today in America we must live in fear everyday due to all the things we hear going on in our society. Even though some may disagree I feel as though being black in America is hard. We constantly must watch our back. Not only from others, but from the people who are supposed to protect us; law enforcement. Due to what is portrayed on the news about African Americans, the majority in our society assumes the worst from us. They hear things that is always being said about African Americans and assume it’s everybody of that race. Being that they expect the worst from us, so many opportunities we hope to pursue can’t be accomplished. In most cases jobs doesn’t want to hire African Americans for certain positions because they feel as though they can’t trust them. For example, if a cashier position was open and 2 people from different races decided to apply;

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