While attending California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) two of my classmates had made disturbing comments about blacks. The first disturbing comment about blacks came up in my social work class, a former female student (who wants to be a social worker) stated “Blacks females are not doing good. They are just having babies like their mothers and I will never give them a job.” The second disturbing comment was in my Criminal Justice Search and Seizure class in which a male classmate made this statement, “If they act like a duck or looks like a duck it must be a duck”. This student also stated that, “If I see someone with dreads or wearing baggy pants he must be up to no good.” What caught my attention was that he wants to be a police officer, and since he wants to work in law enforcement field I feel that he should not be judging any one base on his appearance. When people make statements like that I feel there are making assumptions about my race. At the end of the day both of my professors corrected them and both students apologized. Even though the students apologized, I know that racial profiling still exists still today.
The statements my fellow classmates made disturbed me because we are the future workers and we are supposed to be an example for the younger generations. We do not want people to think is acceptable to judge people by their appearance. I was shock they would say such harsh things about blacks. I am sure what made my classmates make statements like that but I believe these harsh feelings towards another of a different skin color are deeply rooted in our minds from previous generations. Years ago, blacks were used as slaves. The slave owners treated them badly. The owner’s own children then grew up with the same ideals and passed them on to the new generation, but this need to stop. I am a black student. I am young I do not have kids. I know people with dreads for instance my mother and she not “up to no good.” I was hurt by their comments about blacks because it is not true. Also I know this issues is just not affecting me it is affecting others in America too.
So I did some research on the publication, “Restoring a National Consensus: The Need to End Racial Profiling in America”, the report is an update of the earlier 2003 report, “Wrong Then, Wrong Now: Racial Profiling Before and After September 11, 2001” the problem of racial profiling continues to be a significant national concern that demands attention. This publication examines the use of racial profiling in the street-level context in which it originally arose. It also examines the newer context of counterterrorism and the most recent context of immigration.http://westorlandonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/racial_profiling2011.pdf
Whether you watch the YouTube video or read the publication about racial profiling you must know that racial profiling does still exist. Ask any person who might be different color or ethnicity and they would let you know that they have been insulted more than once in their life time by other people. Nobody should be putting these ideas into anyone’s head to judge someone base on their skin. It only makes one wonder will Martin Luther King Jr’s vision of a color-blind society come true… where everyone is equal and treated equal, It make me ask this question will it ever come into existence? I only hope so. I believe and will always believe that all men, and women, are created equal and they deserve to be treated with respect.