With so many shooting deaths of young black males at the hands of police over the past few months, people can’t help but question what is really going on in America. In every case, the police officers claim they felt threatened. Did these cops really feel threatened or could all of these tragically senseless shootings and deaths be incidents of racial profiling ?
In an effort to put a stop to racial profiling, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., announced they would be re-introducing the End Racial Profiling Act for the third time in the sessions of Congress. The Act prohibits racial profiling, provides funding for the retraining of law enforcement officials on how to prevent the use of racial profiling and holds law enforcement agencies accountable if they continue to use racial profiling.
Not only would African-Americans be protected by this act, but so would Latinos, Muslims and any other race or segment of the population that seemingly has become a target for law enforcement. It is confusing as to why the End Racial Profiling Act has not yet been passed. But the most recent shooting deaths of Walter Scott in South Carolina and Eric Harris killed by a Tulsa Sheriff Reserve officer who thought he was grabbing his taser instead of his gun may add fuel to the fire in dealing with the issue of racial disparity in law enforcement.
Congress may be in denial as to what is going on, which is why they have not yet gotten the ball rolling. How will they know that this act won’t change anything if it is not passed? The proof is in the pudding and if there is nothing else that is being done at the moment, then what is the harm in letting officers know that racial profiling will not be tolerated any longer?
When a person of color is walking down the street, they should not be stopped by law enforcement simply because of the color of their skin. While there shouldn’t even have to be an act in place for police officers to understand that, if it will help prevent future deaths of unarmed black men, then it is necessary.
Do you think ending racial profiling could end the senseless shootings of blacks?