In this latest installment of the Faces of Racial Profiling video series, Wesley Morris of the Beloved Community Center (BCC), a social justice organization, in Greensboro. N.C. reveals an experience with racial profiling involving the Greensboro Police Department (GPD).
“We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. That’s who we are — in our bones. The promise we see in those who come here from every corner of the globe, that’s always been one of our greatest strengths. It keeps our workforce young. It keeps our country on the cutting edge. And it’s helped build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.”
"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.
Since 9/11, Muslims in New York City and other cities and states in the Northeast have faced a systemic pattern of surveillance by the NYPD, FBI and CIA, as documented by the Associated Press in 2011. As DRUM began organizing around and protesting discriminatory surveillance programs, an informant was sent into their organization to und
Many think of racial profiling as a relatively recent problem that manifested in the 1980s when news of African Americans being pulled over for "driving while black" began making national headlines. The problem, however, dates back centuries and is a fairly recent manifestation of discriminatory conduct by law enforcement and the criminal justice system that dates back to at least the 1700s in the United States for people of African descent.
This second installment of the Faces of Racial Profiling series tells the story of Jesus Martinez, whose mentally impaired son, Alex, was killed by border patrol agents in 2011 in the state of Washington.
The story Jesus tells reveals the racial profiling that happens in border communities around language. Border patrol agents showed up at Jesus’ home simply because he called 911 for assistance for his son and spoke in Spanish.
Jesus is still seeking justice and an independent investigation into the death of his son.
In this the first installment of the "Faces of Racial Profiling" video series, Art Way talks about his first experience of racial profiling at age 11 and the deep impact it had on him. Racial profiling by law enforcement is pervasive in communities of color, damaging trust between those communities and those who are paid to protect them. Racial profiling is unjust and ineffective, whether it targets immigrants, African Americans, Muslim Americans, or any other group.
Rights Working Group Member, Colorado Progressive Coalition, (CPC) has just released its Truth and Justice Report, which tells the collective narrative of racial profiling and police violence in Colorado.
Much of the report was gathered through stories of racial profiling and police misconduct that were obtained through the relaunching of CPC's Racial Justice Hotline.
The findings include: 65 percent of community members reported being racially profiled; 39 percent reported being injured by police and 30 percent reported being unjustifiably stopped.
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.