Why are racial profiling guidelines ineffective?

In a recent article, Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder has outlined new guidelines for federal agents to use to minimize racial profiling. The new guidelines do not pertain to racial profiling in the vicinity of the border or in certain circumstances as it related to national security.

The new racial profiling guidelines will have no substantial bearing of local law enforcement and only are symbolic as a hope that local law enforcement will follow the federal governments leadership in this manner. Thomas Jefferson wrote to Gideon Granger that, “Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government. Public servants at such a distance, and from under the eye of their constituents, must, from the circumstance of distance, be unable to administer and overlook all the details necessary for the good government of the citizens; and the same circumstance, by rendering detection impossible to their constituents, will invite public agents to corruption, plunder and waste.” The result was a separation of powers between state and federal government.

According to the tenth amendment, the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. The tenth amendment does not require that state follow the same new racial profiling guidelines outlined by the federal government. Citizens will have to look for other measures to ensure that incidents such Eric Garner or Michael Brown never happen.

Racial profiling refers to the targeting of particular individuals by law enforcement authorities based not on their behavior, but rather their personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, national origin, and religion. Racial profiling is prevalent in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that for 2005, Black drivers (4.5%) were twice as likely as White drivers (2.1%) to be arrested during a traffic stop, while Hispanic drivers (65%) were more likely than White (56.2%) or Black (55.8%) drivers to receive a ticket. Furthermore, Whites (9.7%) were more likely than Hispanics (5.9%) to receive a written warning, while Whites (18.6%) were more likely than Blacks (13.7%) to be verbally warned by police. During traffic stops, Black (9.5%) and Hispanic (8.8%) motorists were searched at higher rates than Whites (3.6%).

Racial profiling begins with the perceptions of police officers. Whites make up 75% of the police force in the US. The perceptions of Whites will dominate the police force policies which lead to racial profiling.

Even though the Obama administration is attempting to lead the police racial profiling reform effort through policy, it is the perceptions of Blacks that are portrayed in the media and in our schools that must be addressed before any significant change is possible.

“Television news programs and newspapers over-represent racial minorities as crime suspects and whites as crime victims. Black and Latino suspects are also more likely than whites to be presented in a non-individualized and threatening way – unnamed and in police custody. . . .”

The perception that television portrays begins in our schools. Those who make the decision to negatively portray Blacks as criminals at one time in their lives sat in a classroom. They became witness to the racism that exist in our classrooms and how it continues to become acceptable part of the school culture.

We find this evident with the acceptance of the school to prison pipeline. The school to prison pipeline provides future police personnel a glimpse of the racial expectations in regards to the punishment of minorities.

White teachers have an opportunity to off set racial profiling by refusing to accept racism in their classroom. While I do not believe that many White teachers intentionally become racist against Black students, I do believe that when we make them aware of the different biases that they bring to the classroom, they have the best opportunity to eliminate racial profiling by promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships which will result in the elimination of racial profiling.

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Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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