Fauchon, Christina
June 2004
International Social Science Review;2004, Vol. 79 Issue 3/4, p157
Academic Journal
The article focuses on arguments against racial profiling in the U.S. Racial profiling can be defined as stopping and searching people passing through public areas solely because of their color, race, or ethnicity. Upon close examination of history, current events, the U.S. Constitution, case law, and both the policy itself and its social implications, one finds that racial profiling in any environment, including airports, is an unproductive and immoral policy to ensure safety. Since the 1980s, the practice of profiling has been applied to America's war on drugs. Specifically, law-enforcement officers have detained members of minority groups in vehicles more often than Whites. In conducting such stops, these officers assume that minorities commit more drug offenses, which is not the case.

Tags: RACIAL profiling in law enforcement;  RACE discrimination;  MINORITIES -- United States;  LAW enforcement;  DRUG control


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