242015Nov

Rosario Vargas: Racial profiling remains a significant issue nationwide

The continuing racial profiling of minority communities in California and other states has reached all-time highs. This issue is a major problem because Blacks and Latinos are the first targeted by racial profiling.
Prevailing stereotypes that people of color are more likely to perpetrate crimes has much to do with the matter. Officers are able to get away with profiling by simply declaring the victim’s behavior as “suspicious.” Actions as simple as driving a luxury car or standing outside a bank can result in police stopping or searching an individual.
Statistics show a strong correlation between police brutality and their stereotypical images of minorities. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics research during 2008, Hispanic males were three times and Black males twice as likely to get pulled over than whites nationwide.
It is no coincidence that violent acts against minority groups don’t get the same attention from media. The media plays a crucial role in shaping perceptions of others, including those in minority communities. Institutions of power like the media and police must work on programs to better present cases of social injustice against minority communities and to promote legislation to take racial bias seriously.
ROSARIO VARGAS, MERCED
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