Racial Profiling Essay

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Racial Profiling is an Issue

Some individuals are not aware of the racial profiling that still exists in America. And

many don’t care to talk about it. When it does not bother an individual then they view it as merely

a hassle to talk about. Which is wrong. Police bias and racial profiling is the reason for many

flawed arrests, convictions, and death of African Americans. It is a sad and pitiful part of life that

certain groups of human beings must go through these so called hardships in their life because

they are a minority or because of the color of their skin. Police prejudice and racial profiling has

been an issue that African American people have been dealing with for over
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I will provide

a few examples from the story “Twelve Angry Men” by Lani Guinier. And most importantly, I will

discuss the many ways that us Americans can make a difference by changing the past of
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Its called “walking while black,”

what has this racial profiling come to.

One example of what it means to walk while black is in this story of a

young African American male. In chapter 9 of “Twelve Angry Men,” by Lani Guinier. Paul Butler

tells his story of being racial profiled in Do You Live in This Neighborhood? Butler is a law professor

and lives in Washington D.C. in a neighborhood that has black and white people. After his car broke

down he walked home from work. Three police officers stopped and asked him, "Do you live around

here?" (Butler 113). Butler replied, "Why do you want to know? Is it against the law to walk on the

sidewalk if I don't live around here?" (Butler 113). As he continued toward home the police officers

followed him. When they stopped again the officers told him they don't see people walking in this

neighborhood and that they know everyone. Of course this was not correct because they did not know

Butler who has lived there for over a year. Once Butler reached his home he sat on the porch instead

of going inside which would have ended this encounter. I understand Butler felt it was unfair that

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