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We must ensure that stereotypes and prejudice whether consciously or unconsciously do not creep into the work we do -Attorney General Janet RenoWhat is race In the colonial era Western ideologies helped to build a dominant European society The rise of the West had a dramatic effect on the rest of the world A new Capitalist economy was adopted It operated on the basis of oppression Prior to this time races did not exist Yet as the white man came into power his superiority was enforced by a set of standards a hierarchy of the races to which white Eurocentrism was placed above all and closest to God Consequentially blacks were valued below all others It has taken years of struggle for the black community to be acknowledged as equal by the state Yet when the topic of racial profiling is called into question it is obvious that those same racist Western ideologies of the past are very much a part of the presentRacial stereotypes have lead to the false belief that racial minorities are more likely to be trafficking drugs Officers have targeted blacks and Latinos for traffic stops in hopes of discovering contraband in the course of the stop The statistics are very blatant a survey of state police traffic stops on the New Jersey turnpike showed that while blacks make up only 135 percent of the drivers in the area they constitute 462 percent of people stopped In Maryland blacks make up 75 percent of all stops while only 175 percent of all motorists are black When surveyed in Maryland the rate of which blacks and whites were found to have drugs in their vehicles was about equal about 28 percentThis false belief that blacks and Latinos are more likely to be carrying drugs and weapons has a negative effect on the nation as a whole The spread of these beliefs into the media has a direct
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