Racial Profiling and the RPI II

I had meant to include a few links in my last posting. Here they are:



“Although there is no single, universally accepted definition of “racial profiling,” we’re using the term to designate the practice of stopping and inspecting people who are passing through public places — such as drivers on public highways or pedestrians in airports or urban areas — where the reason for the stop is a statistical profile of the detainee’s race or ethnicity.”



“Documents in the New Jersey archive show that one of the major villains in the New Jersey racial profiling scandal is the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). As part of its “Operation Pipeline,” DEA agents have trained local and state law enforcement personnel around the country to explicitly use race as a basis for highway stops. This was discussed in an article by Gary Webb in the April 1999 issue of Esquire, and reported this month in the New York Times. Though racially-biased law enforcement certainly pre-dated the DEA and is part of a centuries-long tradition of mistreatment of members of racial minority groups in this country, DEA’s efforts have undoubtedly elevated the problem to a greater level. We hope that the next President will issue and Executive Order putting DEA’s racial profiling training to a stop. “



“It’s all fine and good that Trent Lott is no longer Senate majority as a result of his praise for Strom Thurmond’s 1948 race for president, in which Thurmond endorsed segregation. It’s also fine and good that Lott’s fellow members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, overwhelmingly condemned his racial insensitivity and elected Bill Frist in his stead.

But given that Congress is filled with people who condemn racism, why is it that most of them continue to embrace and support the most racist government program since segregation — the war on drugs?”

This entry also posted at Yahoo! Groups – Swirl.

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