Background Information: Racial Profiling is an issue that has always been there, and hasn't seemed to quite come to an end yet. Racial Profiling is the use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense. This is a relevant topic to both during the civil rights movement, and in modern day. This occurred during the civil rights mainly because white people felt they were superior and no harm could be done by anybody except by those with dark skin. During sit- ins where protesters would sit in a "white facility" they were trying to make a difference. In these sit -ins there would be no violence. Eventually if something had occurred where they had been harassed by white people, in the press they would be the ones seen as "violent". Unfortunately dark skin was a portrayed way of violence and fear. This died down a bit in the northern states, but not in the south. This was always an evident issue that still grows today.
An example of what a sit-in looked like
The goal of these sit-ins were to try and make a difference in the society. They wanted to prove that they meant no harm and that they were human beings too. Fighting back with no fists and weapons, but a powerful message. They realized the unfortunate consequences of this, but felt as if it was their duty to spread awareness for social justice.
The people targeted were mainly african americans. Eventually other minorities in the future would also be a victim for profiling. Even though the majority of white people in the south had the same ignorant views, there were a handful who wanted to help make a difference. Some helped participate in protests, and stood with others who needed their help. Black men and women had to unfortunately raise their children into a society where their skin color is portrayed as "scary" or "incriminating". Martin Luther King Jr. was a figure for peaceful protesting. He preached this and lived by this. He tried to solve this issue head on with no violence otherwise their views would be confirmed and set in stone. Their points would be proven and it would go against everything african americans stood for and tried to achieve.
"Racial profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past actions of those who look and sound like them. It misdirects crucial resources and undercuts the trust needed between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It has no place in our national discourse, and no place in our nation's police departments." -Benjamin Todd Jealous
It was a hard goal to achieve but they weren't going to let that stop them from progressing forward. No matter what they did whether it be peaceful or not, they would be seen as dangerous criminals. They had to overcome the obstacle of constantly being pushed down by the "superior race". If they convicted the same crime that a white person did their sentence or punishment would be longer and harsher. There was no escaping this, but they could try. They continued trying to bring awareness to this issue. They are not criminals. They are not dangerous. They are not people you should fear.
The best way to protect young black, brown, men of color, women of color, is to actually stop profiling, stop the prejudice, and stop the judgment first." -Hill Harper
The issue has still been a prevalent one, but the awareness and support to this has been an insane amount. If it weren't for those brave enough back then to stand up it could be even worse by now. Everyday people are taking a stand against this and the movement to put an end to profiling has grown significantly. Sit-ins were a perfect example of how to peacefully approach the conflict.
To this day minorities in general are profiled every single day. They are more likely to have a longer sentence, compared to a white person who did the same exact crime. Black men and women are pulled over everyday for being "suspicious". Children are stopped in parks. They are shot for having their hood up. Mexican americans are portrayed as drug dealers, and will most likely be accused for it at some point in their life. The stereotypes go on. Racism may have died down to the point of it not being as extreme, however one cannot conclude that it is in any shape or form gone.
Studies show that police are more likely to pull over and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites. In New York City, 80% of the stops made were blacks and Latinos, and 85% of those people were frisked, compared to a mere 8% of white people stopped. Host a poetry slam to educate others on racism and reduce prejudice in your community.