The Effect of Racial Profiling on Society

Because approximately 32 million people have reportedly been victims of unjust treatment by officials due to their nationality, the profiling of individuals suspected of criminal activity based on their particular racial demographic has created a solid foundation for unwarranted social stereotypes. Law enforcement officials are using nationalities as an indolent way to signal out who the “bad guy” is, this has resulted in poor judgment and wrongful accusation as well as imprisonment of certain individuals due to their racial backgrounds. Law abiding citizens are now being treated like criminals based on their ethnic group; this has lead to the corruption of our moral system not to mention unnecessary paranoia towards certain nationalities.

The most common place to find racial stereotyping is at the airport. After the September eleventh attacks, there is no denying that the world has gone fanatical over finding who the real terrorist is. The government has done everything in order to try to stop any acts of terror, including the use of racial profiling against those who are of Arab, Middle Eastern, or Muslim dissent. This increased amount of attention combined with the vast airport security coverage has created a common breeding ground for social stereotypes to appear. People automatically assume that any Muslim who is traveling immediately poses a threat to national security.

The increased amount of racial profiling has also blinded law enforcement and has created an increased amount of unlawful allegations against individuals suspected of crime. It happens all the time, a person is pulled over while driving their car for a “routine” stop, a closer look reveals that these routine checks, are not so regular after all. The people that are usually being signaled out are part of a racial group that society has led us to believe is more likely to break the law. The term “BWD” (black while driving) has stemmed out of the discrimination against African American motorist, meaning a person might be pulled over for no reason other than the fact that they are dark skinned.

The use of someone’s race in order to determine the probability that they are likely to commit a crime is permitting stereotypes to become more socially tolerable. Stereotyping has sprouted out of the need for individuals to be able to categorize those who are different from them. Profiling has allowed the use of stereotyping to become further engraved into our judgment. Stereotypes serve as fictitious answers to questions that people don’t bother asking. Judging someone based on their race is an ignorant thing to do considering the fact that no can decide what nationality they are brought up in. So why should that person have to be thrown into a certain category with no regards to who they are as an individual.