There are many social issues within the United States that affect out society everyday. One of the main struggles that one group faces socially would be the African American men of our country. This is however nothing new to this group being they have dealt with this injustice for many years even before we desegregated ourselves as a nation. With all of the advancements we as a society have made there is still a major stereotype that the African American men face everyday.
For many years African Americans have always been stereotyped and treated unequally in most instances. This is not something that has happened over night, but has trickled down from generations before us. African Americans men were considered beneath the white men in every way such as being poorly educated, being financially unstable, and having a tendency to commit crime. These are considered stereotypes and racial profiling based on the color of their skin.
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We live in a land were education is obtainable for those who are willing to work for it no matter what color they may be. There is not one group of people who are considered more educated than another social group. This is a diverse country therefore it would be completely incorrect to say that one group is better educated than another group. Most African American men are considered poorly educated because they never made it out of what some people call the "ghetto" which is also another stereotype for this social group. Sadly enough in the society we live in we do judge people by where they live and who they associate with.
Most of what we see in the media about lower class African American communities is all negative information. There is always something being said about how they are selling drugs, participating in gang fights, and the numerous amounts of people who die in this area because of the violence. This I believe is also racial profiling because we do not talk about all of the areas that this does exist in. There are other groups that have gangs such as the Latino's, but it is very rare you hear about them in the media. There are sometimes though when the media seems to be sympathetic for this group of people and show things that are considered racial profiling towards this group.
There have been many different things that have happened to African American men in the last decade. One of the most publicized would have to be police brutality against African American men from Caucasian police officers. Although this may not be the case in many areas across the United States it is very common in specific areas. An African American male could get pulled over on the highway for a petty speeding ticket, pulled out of his car, and beaten horribly for just saying something that the officer did not agree with.
Most of the areas that are highly populated with African American men are the ones that are the highest in racial profiling. Most crimes committed in these areas are committed in most part by African American men, and that gives the police department more reason to suspect black males opposed to any other groups. In areas like these racial profiling is considered a tool used by police officers and not really viewed as something that is wrong. There is however a fine line that is crossed between using this as a tool and using it in a completely racist behavior.
In Los Angeles CA on March 3, 1991 the most famous case of an African American man faced with police brutality arose. Rodney King was excessively beaten by Los Angeles Police officers. Batons, tazers, and brutal stomping were exerted on this 25 year old African American male. King at the time of the incident was severely intoxicated which was the reason for the run in with the officers to begin with. An innocent bystander actually videoed this incident from a distance in horror as officers repeatedly assaulted this man without anyone stopping it. When the video aired on public television networks the public was outraged with what they had witnessed. This African American man practically being assaulted by numerous Caucasian police officers to the extent of the man about near death, and the intoxicated King was helpless to what was going on.
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This incident alone was enough to cause an upset within the African American community, but then in 1992 the officers accused of assaulting the young King was acquitted of all charges. This sparked the L.A. Riots of 1992 which were also known as the Rodney King Riots. African Americans decided to take the law into their own hands by showing displays of extremely violent behavior. Arson, assault, looting, and murder began to break out all over the city of Los Angeles as the African American began to protest the verdict of the hearing. For six days after the verdict was read this continued and by the end of the riots there was over 1 billion dollars in damage done to the city of Los Angeles.
Over the years African Americans have began to realize that this behavior they have displayed such as in the riots of 1992 is some reason for the racial profiling. This group of people has begun to voice their opinions in less violent ways and realize that their voices are being heard. This behavior has actually helped them in society with eliminating some of the opinions that people have had about them as far as fights, murder, and stealing. Although this I a small step this is one giant step in the fight against racial profiling.
When things like this happen then it becomes a problem between the blacks and whites. The African Americans see this as racial profiling and it starts a massive controversy if the officers are not punished properly. There are many situations however where the police officer may be defending themselves and the suspect is African American this is not considered racial profiling, but it still causes uproar in the community of blacks. This is when we have to put our faith in the judicial system and let a judge decide what is right from wrong.
Although racial profiling is very common there are particular people and areas who are trying to change this social issue. Police departments are starting to put their officers in classes that will help them realize what actions could be displayed as racial profiling and how to conduct themselves in a manner that would cut out the possibility of racial profiling. This is very helpful to officers who may not know that certain actions are considered wrong and could be punishable by law. No matter how hard people try to control this issue there is still the fact that some people are just racist therefore are not going to take the training seriously and continue to do what they are doing.
Racial profiling is actually a lot higher in areas where they black population is lower than the white population. With this being said this makes it extremely difficult for African American males to find employment, buy homes, and build a great community status with where they are living. In the area I live there are very few African American males that live in this area therefore they are not generally accepted as fast as a white male would be to the community. Although this has gotten better from the new generation that has come into this town, the older people of the town have the tendency to be "set in their ways" and do not have the same views.
African American males are typically labeled as the trouble makers in most areas and not trusted based on the simple fact they are labeled also as thieves. Most people do not sit back and take the time to realize that anyone can steal, kill, or any other criminal offense no matter the color of their skin. This is also something that makes racial profiling so hard because people do not realize that no matter your social group you are equal and the world is very diverse no matter what area you are in. You are going to meet people who are different and if you do not learn to accept their differences then the economy does not run as smoothly as it could.
Everyday law officials are trying to overturn racial profiling by making laws that would ban this from being used as a police tool. This would make the punishments more strict and hars while keeping everyone safe from racial profiling. Even with the changes we have made in society race is always going to be an issue. Just this year Americans voiced their opinions everywhere when they voted the first African American male to presidency. This was huge step not for just the African American men in this country, but also this group of people as well. We are going to have our everyday struggles as a society, but we are learning that this is a new day and change is good.
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I would have to say that in conclusion racial profiling is going to eventually be a thing of the past. In the near future we as a society are going to completely overlook the color of ones skin and look at other social groups as people and not color. This may take many years for this to happen completely, but we have proven that as a society we have made great strides to make this country better for everyone no matter what social group you are in. America is making a stand and showing that we have a zero tolerance for racial profiling against African American men and every other social group in our country.