The Fallacies of Racial Profiling

February 24, 2011  |  

Racial profiling has a number of moral and constitutional implications. Studies indicate that when police officers carry out racial profiling as a part of their law enforcement duty, their overall effectiveness in controlling and reducing the crime rate decreases. Accidental shooting of Latino and Afro-American men in New York and many other cities of the United States clearly indicate the logical fallacies and loopholes of racial discrimination.

Hate crimes that are backed by conspiracy theories based on racial profiling are illogical. There can never be a suitable explanation for all acts of violence that harm innocent people, be it burglary, theft, robbery or citizens getting beaten up, shot and stabbed. In recent times, racial discrimination has radically and racially tainted the good sense of judges who hold the ultimate power of making a final judgment, right from the arrest to the sentencing, as a part of the process of criminal justice.

Racial profiling statistics show that as of 1990, one in four black men who fell into the 18-28 years age category were brought under the control of criminal justice and this number rose to one in three and higher in some cities by 1995.

These percentages are in no way indicative of the measure of the crime rates of black men. They only indicate the criminal justice activity and the efforts of the police and the other institutions that were involved in the process. An environment where racial discrimination has generated an apartheid-like atmosphere clearly explains Afro-America males are disproportionally arrested by the police all the time.

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