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James Perry
Argument and Research
February 11, 2011

Racial profiling remains a topic that is still being debated on today especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The events of that day sparked a new way to look at others that do not look like exactly like us. Since the effects of that day, airports have been in the midst of racial profiling discussions, but these are not the only places that this can happen. In the movie Crash (2004), a Persian-American man has a difficult time purchasing a gun because the storeowner views him as a terrorist due to his skin tone and voice. Because of what happened during 9/11, people who resemble terrorists are usually the victims of racial profiling. The film provides a very stereotypical look at racism and how everyone, including Caucasians, is profiled at different times during their lives.

The film Crash is an amazing example of how different races work and interact with each other. The characters are racist because of the bad experiences they have had with the races around them. The stereotypical white marriage involves a stay at home women who is scared of African-American men. While some say she is being prejudice against all, she actually has reason because she was car jacked by two African-American men at one point in her life. This is just one example of how the film Crash proves that different people will respond to others based on the stereotypes the community has given them. After viewing the movie, one could see racial profiling as a normal, good thing that may keep them safe, especially when it comes to a life or death situation.

Racial profiling is a very controversial topic in today’s world. Should racial profiling be legal? Is it immoral to profile someone by the way they look and the way they talk? These are questions that do not have a direct answer. It is hard to put a yes or no answer to these because every situation is different. If an African-American should not...
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