Racial profiling

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Introductionand claim

Racialprofiling is one of the most ill-conceived law enforcement strategiesused in jurisdictions with a multiracial society. involves the use of one’s ethnicity or race to determine whether alaw enforcement action should be engaged (Rivera 5). I selected thistopic because I feel offended when people are stopped andinterrogated on the roads just because they belong to certain races.Although there are those who think that racial profiling is a lensthat ensures that potential lawbreakers do not go undetected, thereis no empirical evidence to prove its effectiveness. At policy level,racial profiling is a destructive, ineffective, and ill-conceived lawenforcement strategy.


Racialprofiling is a controversial approach of identifying the crimesuspects. However, law profiling is not included in the policyguidelines in many jurisdictions, which means that law enforcers relyon their perception when implanting it.


Thelaw enforcement in the countries where law enforcement is commonlypracticed believe that it helps them decides to take actions (such ascar stops) of further investigation on individuals of races that areperceived to be more likely to commit crime (Ikner, Ahmad &ampCarmen 82).

Warrantof my claim and the opposition

Tosome extent this position, as held by the supporters of racialprofiling can be correct in that it helps the law enforcement intaking both the proactive and reactive actions more effectively.However, this approach has more drawbacks than its benefits. Forexample, racial profiling has been associated with racialstereotyping (Welch 276). Another study has shown that about 80 % ofthe African Americans disapprove the use of racial profiling since itaffects them more than any other race (Grogger &amp Ridgeway 878 andSun 68). In Canada, racial profiling has resulted in the arrest andtorture of innocent Arabs because the law enforcers believe thatArabs are more likely to engage in acts of terrorism (Bahdi 29). Thisimplies that racial profiling is a strategy that needs to bereevaluated before it becomes widespread in the modern world.


Racialprofiling is an ineffective strategy that the policy makers shouldcurtail. It often results in the law enforcement actions againstinnocent people on the basis of their racial differences. Therefore,the use of racial profiling has just a few merits, but the drawbacksexceed the benefits it promises.


Bahdi,R. No exit: and Canada’s war against terrorism.OsgoodeHall Law Journal41. 2 (2003): 293-317.

Grogger,J. &amp Ridgeway, G. Testing for racial profiling in traffic stopsfrom behind a veil of darkness. Journalof the American Statistics Association101.475 (2006): 878-887. DOI10.1198/016214506000000168

Ikner,A., Ahmad, J. &amp Carmen, A. Vehicle cues and racial profiling:Police officers’ perceptions of vehicles and drivers. TheSouthwest Journal of Criminal Justice2.2 (2005): 82-100.

Rivera,W. Addressing the real problem of racial profiling in settle,Washington. Journalof Race, Gender, and Ethnicity2 (2008): 2-34.

Sun,K. Examining racial profiling from a cognitive perspective.InternationalJournal of Humanities and Social Science1.13 (2011): 65-69.

Welch,K. Black criminal stereotypes and racial profiling. Journal ofCriminal Stereotypes. Journalof Contemporary Criminal Justice23 (2007): 276-288.