Terrorism and Racial Profiling Essay

“Before September 11 we had almost succeeded in eliminating racial profiling, After September 11, it’s a whole new world,” says Michel Shehadeh of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in the western region. “One thousand Arab Americans have already been detained and we don’t know who they are or what charges have been brought against them.”

Of those 1,147 Arabs and Arab Americans who have been detained, exactly zero have been charged with any formal offense in connection to the events of September 11. This, however, has not slowed the pace of the detentions. What it has done is give moral, political, and for the time being, legal sanction to stop, search, and detain anyone who appears to be Arab.

However, she also reminds us that few polls have been taken since the week of the attack, and wonders if those numbers have changed after some of the initial shock and fear subsided.

New Terrain of Racial Profiling

What gave the Driving While Black and Brown campaign immediate resonance with many supporters was that it sought to address the institutional aspects of racism. The goal wasn’t to fire individual police officers for unfairly targeting motorists because of their race, but rather to put an end to a whole system of law enforcement based on racial stereotypes. DWB’s success came in part because of its narrow focus on racial profiling while driving. This was a strategic decision to address the way that race was used by law enforcement ostensibly to fight the war on drugs. The war on terrorism is creating a similar dynamic. “The war rhetoric is giving license to law enforcement to engage in racial profiling, just as it did in the war on drugs. Both wars create a ‘by any means necessary’ attitude that encourages law enforcement to target people based on race,” says Alexander. She also recognizes the need to consider broadening the DWB focus in light of the recent increase in profiling of those who appear to be Arab. “Many Arab American organizations were not involved in the fight against racial profiling as we defined it before September 11 because we were not addressing the form of profiling that effects those communities.”

Racial Profiling: Useful or Harmful? When enforcers of the law go about their jobs they use many techniques to decrease their suspect pools, one of the most controversial techniques officers use is racial profiling. People believe racial profiling causes police distrust and at the same time encourages “fishing expeditions”. When should officers be allowed to use racial profiling, and when shouldn’t they? The most common use of racial profiling is in traffic stops, but this is one area racial profiling…

 

Hypothesis/Outline Hypothesis: The events of September 11th has caused racial profiling, a practice that was vilified by many just months ago, to become a common and accepted practice used by the government, airline officials, police agencies, and the American public. Profiling has also become a necessary tool used to prevent further terrorist attacks on the United States. Map of the Territory: I. Racial profiling is the practice of “selecting someone for investigation or stronger action…

 

According to Leach (n.d.)., “The practice of racial profiling has no place in law enforcement. It is an activity that undermines the public trust vital for an effective community policing organization.” A comprehensive change to organizational culture and policy can help to prevent the problems associated with racial profiling. The problems associated with racial profiling include the undermining of trust on the part of the community. Mistrust undermines the effort of police officers to serve and…

An argument if racial profiling is justified Would you put your brother, sister mother or any other family in jail if the fit the profile of a perpetrator who committed a crime and is profiled by race or ethnicity? This same question roams around the psyche of every person on who need to solve a crime. But the bigger question in regard for racial profiling if it is justified. Racial profiling cannot be justified as it attacks the very root of society on which they are built. Two key issues central…

Airport racial profiling, Osama Bin Laden, Middle East Asian, Muslims, 9/11, metal detectors, racial profiling and hijacking” Do these words and phrases sound familiar? It is likely most of us have been at least tried once in our lifetime going through the security checking process at the airport. Do people find this inconvenient or it is beneficial to everyone’s safety? However, this security checking process is not too convenient for particular targeted group, which are the Muslims. In this…

Racial Profiling has been used by law enforcement officials from early 60’s during the civil rights movement. The term “racial profiling” which was introduced to criticize abusive police practices against people of different race, ethnicity or national origin. One must assess how to understand the practice, and how to keep it distinct from other issues. Racial profiling is defined as “any police-initiated action that relies on the race, ethnicity, or national origin, rather than the behavior of an…

“Before September 11 we had almost succeeded in eliminating racial profiling, After September 11, it’s a whole new world,” says Michel Shehadeh of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in the western region. “One thousand Arab Americans have already been detained and we don’t know who they are or what charges have been brought against them.” Of those 1,147 Arabs and Arab Americans who have been detained, exactly zero have been charged with any formal offense in connection…

Racial profiling is the act of selecting targets for criminal investigation not on behavioural merit, but exclusively on markers of personal identity such as race, ethnicity, and religious orientation (Perry, 2011, p.9). In other words, racial profiling is the by-product of subjecting individuals who are from a particular racial community to a higher degree of scrutiny and surveillance by criminal justice system agents when compared to other racial communities (Wortley and Owusu-Bempah, 2011, p.135)…

is dispute regarding what defines racial profiling. Critics ask Is it racist, or is a necessary part of law enforcement. Racial profiling is identified by Adele Cassola in her article as unjust whereas Denyse Coles argues that racial profiling is necessary and is not considered racism. According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission “Racial profiling is based on stereotypical assumptions because of one’s race, colour, ethnicity, etc.” whereas criminal profiling “relies on actual behaviour or on…

 

that a person or group has certain characteristics. Quite often, we develop these ideas about people who are members of groups with which we have not had firsthand contact. Stereotyping usually leads to unfair results, such as discrimination, racial profiling, and unnecessary violence, all behaviors which need to be stopped. A few years ago, while going on vacation, I witnessed one particular count of stereotyping as I passed through an airport. Part of the security procedure in the terminal…