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Racial Profiling in America: The Muslim Registry

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The proposed Muslim registry will add another dimension to racial profiling that is becoming more and more of an epidemic in the United States each and every year. Innocent people fall victim to the insurmountable amount of discretion our criminal justice system is given to be able to carry out such a corrupt act. We pride ourselves in being a country that has such liberating rights inscribed into our constitution, but yet we cannot seem to find ourselves holding truth to these moral keystones. By denying people these basic rights and freedoms, we begin to strip people of their sense of power and ability to lead a positive lifestyle. Racial profiling is considered to be police enforced actions based on an individuals race, ethnicity, and nationality. Might it be noted as well, racial profiling is not just committed by police enforcement, it is also used by everyday individuals in  various  contexts. The Muslim registry will dramatically increase these individual hate-crimes which have already been witnessed after the election.

There have also been many reasons to try and justify the unethical undertaking of racial profiling by blaming it on terrorist acts or in order to maintain safety of a community. Usually, racial profiling is found to occur when law enforcement officials assume that people of a certain description are most likely to engage in some sort of subversive activity. This would be the main cause of the strict actions that are forced upon by custom officials and airport security because of events such as the bombing of 9/11, the Berlin terror attack and the like. This means that it makes it almost impossible for people who are Muslim or Mexican to move without being monitored because they are more likely to be associated with crime or terrorism. The African American community has also faced an extreme amount of racial prejudice within the last few years that has raised a few questions of concern as to whether our criminal justice system is operating off of racial biases.

As the proposal on Muslim registry has been suggested, there will be countless amounts of prejudicial and criminological theories to help explain the racial issues behind racial profiling of the Muslims. Also, criminological theories will help gain an inside look as to why law enforcement chooses to go about wrongfully arresting, searching, and stopping people for minor infractions. As more and more research is slowly being done, our nation is starting to wake up and see the crippling affects that racial profiling has put upon our lives.

As law enforcement proceeds to carry out these practices such as racial profiling, stereotyping, and discrimination, it will continue to not only tear the people affected by it apart, but also lead to a natural distrust in the criminal justice system. The proposed Muslim registry will further deteriorate the condition of the people of color who are already victims of racial profiling.  People of color fall victim to these unjust police actions everyday and it is just making it even more difficult for the criminal justice system as it will cause another issue to form that was not originally there. As we continue to grow as a nation, it is only a matter of time before we can focus on a reform to help get our criminal justice on a more positive ethical and moral agenda. We must turn our focus to stopping actual crimes rather than stopping innocent people perceived to be guilty of a crime only because their skin color or they follow a different faith.


About the author


Business and technology have always been Sam's areas of interest, and he transformed that interest into a passion through his regular contributions on issues related to these. As an IT specialist Sam is well versed in the most up-to-date trends in the field of computer technology. He earned his Master's in Information Science from Penn State University. He writes on technology, science, business, nature, and contemporary issues.


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