One of Black men racially profiled by a cop in a wealthy neighborhood speaks out.
Racial profiling is a harsh reality for drivers of color. In this case, two Black men, Alphonza Mabry and Steven Jumper, were driving in a rich neighborhood in Randolph County, North Carolina and were stopped by a police officer, as it appeared the neighborhood was too “white” or “rich” for them.
Racial profiling in law enforcement isn’t only wrong, but also ineffective. Race-based assumptions in law enforcement perpetuate negative racial stereotypes that are harmful to our rich and diverse democracy, and materially impair our efforts to maintain a fair and just society.
One of the most heated cases in law enforcement is the profiling of individuals based solely upon race, ethnicity or national origin of the individual. The extent to which racial stereotyping is used in identifying “suspicious” individuals is a key point of contention in the debate over racial profiling.
Statistics point out that African American and other minorities drivers are stopped and searched at a disproportionately high rate in comparison to white drivers.
As seen in the video below, these Black men were stopped just because they looked like they didn’t belong to that neighborhood, which is absolutely wrong. People of all races should be treated equally and also have complete freedom of movement as long as they aren’t breaking any laws.
Here is an interview with Alphonza Mabry, as he speaks about the incident, racial profiling in law enforcement and racism in the USA.