In this video, Kayse Jama, Executive Director of the Center for Intercultural Organizingn (CIO), shares an experience of racial profiling and the impact it had on him. When people are considered suspects because of who they are, it erodes our communities’ ability to trust law enforcement, makes our families less safe, and violates basic principles of fairness. As Kayse’s story shows, racial profiling has profound emotional consequences for its victims and the communities that are targeted, on top of being unfair and ineffective in law enforcement. CIO is a RWG member and one of the organizations leading the campaign for anti-profiling legislation in Oregon.
See below for more videos, testimonies, and reports that put a face on the national issue of racial profiling.
Racial Profiling: Face the Truth is a national campaign coordinated by the Rights Working Group coalition.
Learn more about the national campaign to end racial profiling and see a list of endorsing organizations here.
"Fahd Shares His Story of Racial Profiling and Surveillance"
by Rights Working Group
"Jesus Martinez's Story of Racial Profiling and Border Abuse"
by Rights Working Group
"Faces of Racial Profiling: Art Way Shares his Story"
by Rights Working Group
“Fitting the Description”
by Next Generation Media and the Providence Youth Student Movement
By Julie Dressner and Edwin Martinez, New York Times
“Alex Landau: A Video Story of Racial Profiling and Police Brutality in Denver”
By University of Denver students and Colorado Progressive Coalition. See also “Alex Landau and CPC Call for Police Accountability” by Colorado Progressive Coalition
Northern Border Stories
By OneAmerica More video and audio stories at https://www.weareoneamerica.org/northern-border-stories
“Experiences with Racial Profiling”
Youth and community members testify in support of Rhode Island’s Comprehensive Racial Profiling Prevention Bill.
“#SilentMarchNYC Domingo Estevez”
"Michael DeHerrera: A Video Story of Racial Profiling and Police Brutality in Denver"
By University of Denver students and Colorado Progressive Coalition
“How Does It Feel to be Stopped and Frisked?”
by Applied Research Center
“Stop and Frisk in New York City”
By Police Reform Organizing Project
“Crossing the Line at the Border”
By PBS Need to Know. Watch the full Need to Know documentaries on deaths at the hands of Border Patrol here.
"Brown, Black, and Blue: The Stop and Frisk Program of the NYPD"
By The Center for Constitional Rights
In June 2013, I traveled to Stockholm, Sweden as a grantee of the U.S. Government, specifically of the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, to conduct a youth workshop on cross-national cooperation. Sadly, upon returning to my own borders, the same values I was espousing to foreigners abroad about America’s tolerance of immigrants were not extended to me.
It all started in 2007, when I was pulled over by an unmarked NYPD car for no reason. I was arrested for a suspended license for an unpaid ticket. At the precinct, they sent a plainclothes Pakistani detective to interview me about my travels, my associations, and my religious and political beliefs. When I was released the next day, I went home and was informed by my mother that the Joint Terrorism Task Force had come asking for me, and this was only the beginning of a long list of police profiling and targeting.
“When I was 14, my mother told me not to panic if a police officer stopped me. And she cautioned me to carry ID and never run away from the police or I could be shot. In the nine years since my mother gave me this advice, I have had numerous occasions to consider her wisdom.”
"On the way back home on a Sunday night, crossing at Buffalo, her serenity was shattered on the U.S. side of the Peace Bridge."
“Who are you? Where are you going? Where do you live? Where do you work? Why were you in here/Canada? Have you ever been overseas? What were you doing overseas? Have you met anybody overseas? What kind of group did you affiliate with overseas? What kind of groups do you meet in the masjids? What are you doing in the mosque? What goes on in the mosques that you’ve been to?”
Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Donnell Baxter, 47, is no stranger to racial profiling practices used by law enforcement.
"I heard so many good things about Maine and I am disappointed to have to experience the difference. I can feel the difference when I go into the grocery story, when I go into the streets, when I go into different places I am treated differently all because of my language and the color of my skin."
I've been working in this area for years and the demographics have changed dramatically. It's gone from a majority Anglo population to what now is a 98% Latino population. However, the power structure of Mattawa, Washington is still Anglo. There's a white mayor and an all-white police force. Racial profiling has had a painful and divisive impact on the community.
As part of local, state, and national campaigns to end racial profiling, members of Rights Working Group and endorsers of the Racial Profiling: Face the Truth campaign collect stories of racial profiling to document the problem of racial profiling by law enforcement and to empower impacted communities.
Stand Up, Be Heard, Tell Your Story, In Your Own Words! Click here to share your story with RWG's Face the Truth campaign.
Based on 54 interviews with New Yorkers, this report tells the stories of humiliation and painful consequences of racial profiling due to the controversial stop-and-frisk program.
The Growing Human Rights Crisis on the Northern Border by OneAmerica (April 2012)
The report shares the findings from 109 on-the-ground interviews with mothers, fathers, workers, and students. The majority of stories are marked by fear, mistrust, harassment, and abuse, and together they demonstrate the transformation of Washington’s border communities in the wake of the post-9/11 buildup of U.S. Border Patrol activity.
Based on 628 questionnaires, four focus groups, and 25 interviews, this report paints a stark picture of the harassment faced by South Asians at the hands of local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Rhode Island organizations collect personal accounts of racial profiling for the local campaign. Scroll down for moving personal stories of racial profiling from diverse Rhode Island residents.
After the death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012, tumblr users posted photos and reflections about personal instances of racial profiling and racial prejudice.
This blog features videos of racial profiling testimonies. For more videos, search SilentMarchNYC on YouTube.
ACLU resource page on racial profiling http://www.aclu.org/racial-justice/racial-profiling
More on the campaign against racial profiling in Rhode Island at www.ristopracialprofiling.com
Rights Working Group Resources Page http://rightsworkinggroup.org/content/resources
FlyRights App by Sikh Coalition empowers travelers to report racial profiling at the airport or at the border http://www.fly-rights.org/