Destroying Lives across America
Racial Profiling: Destroying Lives across America
Have you ever been mistaken for a criminal because you “fit the profile”? This is a common scenario all across America. What exactly racial profiling? Racial profiling according the dictionary is a noun which means “the consideration of race when developing a profile of suspected criminals; by extension, a form of racism involving police focus on people of certain racial groups when seeking suspected criminals. All too often minorities are being hauled off to jail because they “fit the profile”. Racial profiling is wrong, and it alters lives, destroys families, and halts dreams. Because of racial profiling, many African American and other minorities sit in penitentiaries and prisons across this nation, many of whom “let’s face it”, were guilty until proven innocent. Let’s take the case of Cornelius Dupree Jr. He was a Texas man accused of rape. According to Jeff Carlton: Court documents stated a 26-year-old woman and a male friend were robbed at gunpoint by two Black men in the parking lot of a Dallas liquor store in November 1979. The men ordered the couple to drive and eventually forced the man out of the car before taking the woman to a nearby park where they raped her and stole her fur coat. Mr. Dupree and another man Anthony Massingill were arrested in December 1979 after the woman picked the pair out of a photo lineup. The male victim was unable to identify either man. Mr. Dupree was sentenced to 75 years for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. He entered prison in December 1979. His case got overturned due to DNA testing, then released on January 3rd, 2011. Now the State of Texas has to pay him $2.4 million in a lump sum that is not subject to federal income tax as a result of him being wrongfully convicted (Carlton/AP, 2011, p. 1). Although justice was finally served, no amount of money can buy back the years he has lost or the moments he has...
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