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Racial Profiling

Skin Color Is Not a Crime: Why Stop and Frisk Doesn't Work

Evan DeFilippis | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Evan DeFilippis

Instead of pretending that humiliation is the cost of security, we owe it to vulnerable populations among high-crime communities to find law enforcement practices that preserve dignity and security.

Why Doing a Google Search Can Be So Damaging

Kelley Raleigh | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Kelley Raleigh

Have you ever Googled yourself and clicked on the images tab? What if you google something you like or want to know more about, click on the images ta...

The Perversity of Profiling

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

The Justice Department is considering revised racial profiling guidance that, if issued, could set back race relations and basic fairness in this country. We hope that it does not make that mistake.

Profiling Should End

James Zogby | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

The use of racial, ethnic and religious profiling by law enforcement is un-American and should end. Targeting people for what they look like or because of their group characteristics is discrimination at its worst and a poor excuse for law enforcement.

Profiling Rules Said to Give F.B.I. Tactical Leeway

The New York Times | Matt Apuzzo | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s long-awaited revisions to the Justice Department’s racial profiling rules would allow the F.B.I. to continue...

I Have Nothing to Hide: Government Surveillance Does Not Concern Me

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.09.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

By Irasema Garza, J.D., Policy Advisor, NCLR Policy Analysis Center The old adage that nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes is no lo...

Driving While Black and Brown and LGBTQ

Janet Arelis Quezada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Janet Arelis Quezada

We were two women in a car, holding hands and sleepily making plans for the week. That's when it happened. We were stopped by police officers engaged in their own common practice, a license raid.

Why We All Should Care About the Mayoral Race in Jackson, Mississippi

asha bandele | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
asha bandele

For those of us living far from the south, discussions of Mississippi may make us recall the Civil Rights Movement, some period in time we now think more likely relevant in a history book. But believing that couldn't be more wrong.

Racial Profiling Alleged In Obamacare Workers' Arrests

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.31.2014 | Latino Voices

Two young men going door-to-door to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act's Monday deadline on Chicago's West Side were arrested last week in ...

A Bipartisan Attempt to Restore Credibility to the U.S. Border Enforcement System

Donald Kerwin | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

For too many years, Congress and the Executive branch have failed to provide meaningful oversight of the Border Patrol and OSO to set standards for effective, rights-respecting enforcement.

What Bait Car Can Teach Us About American Inequality

Jake Weissbourd | Posted 03.28.2014 | Media
Jake Weissbourd

Is a rich person who chooses, not out of necessity, but greed, to break the law less morally reprehensible than the poor person who is literally baited into stealing a car?

Arpaio Faces More Trouble Over 'Ludicrous' Claims

AP | JACQUES BILLEAUD | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge presiding over a racial profiling case against an Arizona sheriff's office chided the sheriff and his top aide on Monday, tel...

When White Happens: Gentrification, Drug Dealing, and the American Dream

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 03.17.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

Co-authored with JLove Calderon Intended to be a celebration of Black History Month, Spike Lee reminded an audience at Pratt Institute that February ...

Being White in Philly St. Patrick's Day Weekend

j.n. salters | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

As I continued to make my way down the shit show covered in shamrocks, I asked myself, what if all these people outside were black?

The "G" Word: Say the Right Thing

Laura Weiss | Posted 03.17.2014 | New York
Laura Weiss

I want to explore how the word is used euphemistically, a safe word that makes it okay to be pretty egregiously racist.

Monica Jones and the Fight Against Racial and Gender Police Profiling in the U.S.

Darby Hickey | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Darby Hickey

The rights violations that police commit in the course of enforcing anti-prostitution and other "quality of life" laws are so pervasive and those targeted so stigmatized that the system is rarely challenged. Which is why Monica's stance is so important.

When Your Color Is a Threat

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

African-Americans are often assumed to be a threat by virtue of their existence. In Dunn's testimony, it's clear that on the day he shot and killed Jordan Davis, he didn't see four teenagers who declined to heed his request that they turn down their music. From his eyes, they were a threat.

Chicago's Controversial New Police Program Prompts Fears Of Racial Profiling

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

A controversial new policing strategy being touted by Chicago's top cop for helping reduce gang violence is raising questions over its possible racist...

An Open Letter to the President on Race

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

You've spoken against the humiliating practice of racial profiling many times since then. So why does your administration continue to discriminate against Americans because of the color of their skin or the way they dress?

To Wake Up Dangerous: on Thugs and the Criminalization of Black People

Jay Dodd | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

The war has become so complex and intersected that Black America is constantly fighting for survival across all classes and identities. The latest buzzword in the war is this concept of the "thug."

Many Blacks Misfire on Jordan Davis

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The hard reality is that whether it's an Obama or a Holder or a Davis or Martin, the lines are hopelessly blurred in the eyes of many who still see them not as a law abiding citizen but a thug, deviant, and societal menace.

Detroit's Belle Isle Is a State Park and Barney Fife is Securing The Perimeter

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 04.13.2014 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Well the deal is done and Michigan State Troopers and Department of Natural Resource Officers have landed onto Belle Isle park. A Detroit park that has been a jewel and place of fun, relaxation and exercise for so many, for so long.

A Bug on the Windshield

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Chicago, Chicago! My kind of town, but not this. Young black men in Chicago have to know their legal rights; that's simply the way it works. These guys obviously did.

What I'd Like To Tell 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

All the drills, punishments, screaming, fighting, and so on cannot make someone feel passionate about something.

Paul Wesley Willrich: He Had the Last Laugh

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 03.23.2014 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

The officers were seeking suspects in a purse snatching, which had occurred at a nearby drug store. The "probable cause" used for the stop was the physical description: two black males, one taller than the other. "You're kidding, right?" asked the passenger. Well, they weren't kidding. They were serious.