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Arrest the Racism Driving While a Minority on Americas Roadways After 911 racial profiling has become widely accepted as an appropriate form of crime prevention People were sought after based solely on the fact that they were of Arab decent But racial profiling did not start with September 11th - racial profiling has been around for ages Tracy Maclin a professor at Boston University School of Law says that racial profiling can trace its historical roots back to a time in early American society when court officials in cities like Philadelphia permitted constables and ordinary citizens the right to take up all black persons seen gadding abroad without their masters permission Meeks 24 But racial profiling doesnt only occur against blacks and Arabs it occurs against Asians Middle Eastern Muslims Hispanics and Latinos also Some Blacks and Arabs dont mind the racial profiling though During a time when there is trouble going on in the middle east and since there have been attacks on the US searching someone who looks suspicious seems somewhat of a logical action Butthese actions shouldnt be a direct result of their race alone said Ahmed Tawfik a Muslim from Egypt People often times get caught up in the whole invasion of privacy aspect but when the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people can be prevented then some people are going to be inconvenience and thats one of the sacrifices and slow downs I will accept for safety and peace of mindpeople also often times mistake racial profiling for oppression The latest edition of Websters Dictionary includes an entry for the term It defines racial profiling as the mass police policy of stopping and searching vehicles driven by people of a particular race Meeks 27 Racial profiling may be a new term but its a very old concept In 1976 The US Supreme Court supported the actions of the US Border Control Agents who selected cars for inspection in Southern
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