Field Guide to the North American

Field Guide to the North American

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  • Introduction
  • "Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome." -Rosa Parks. Racial profiling has been an issue in our country since day 1. Racial profiling is best defined as the use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed on offense. 
  • Narration
  • Historically, racial profiling in the United States has been rooted in policies like the Fugitive Slave Act (1793), the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), and the Johnson-Reed Act (the Immigration Act of 1924, which included the National Origins Act and Asian Exclusion Act). 
  • Confirmation-Novel
  • "It didn't help when people kept playing their own version of 'O Canada' off their phones," (Philipe, 24)
  • Profiling due to the ethnic background is a thing Americans have struggled with quite some time. It has gotten to the point where it is bringing our economy down the drain. The best way to improve our economy would be to reduce racial profiling.
  • Confirmation-Research 
  • “‘National conversations’ are usually efforts to bully everyone into accepting a single narrative when the reality is that, in this country of more than 300 million, many narratives can be in conflict and still be legitimate.”
  • A University of California Davis professor found “evidence of a significant bias in the killing of unarmed Black Americans relative to unarmed White Americans, in that the probability of being Black, unarmed and shot by police is nearly 3.5 times the probability of being White, unarmed and shot by police on average.” (Deadly Profiling)
  • "National conversations’ are usually efforts to bully everyone into accepting a single narrative when the reality is that, in this country of more than 300 million, many narratives can be in conflict and still be legitimate.” Goldberg discusses the need for conservatives and liberals to find common ground when considering the movement, rather than attempting to convince others to accept a single narrative.  (Black Lives Matter)
  • Concession/Refutation
  • Because Norris was a black Canadian, people sought him out. Later in the book, Norris is harassed about being the only African American student. The students of Anderson High targeted Norris and figured he would start a lot a trouble. People base their assumptions off of small minded people that think skin color determines your behavior and actions for everything you do. (Addressing Black Lives Matter)
  • Conclusion
  • In conclsuion, racial profiling does casue lots of issues in our society and economy, "Because racial profiling in the United States disproportionately targets people of color, the practice has been linked to waning trust of law enforcement among communities of color." (Racial Profiling)
  • This goes to show that the young people of our society will follow whatever the adults do. If our adults of America are currently influencing the younger people to base all stereotypes off of skin color.  "Even in the age of Trumpism, people still tend to think that just being a good person is enough to combat racism.” (Combat Racial Profiling)
  • "Several activists associated with Black Lives Matter, a social justice movement that protests systemic racism and violence, launched the Mapping Police Violence project in April 2015 to track police violence and shed light on racial disparities in the application of force" (Police Brutality)
  • It seems almost ghoulish to look for a silver lining in the dark cloud that blanketed the nation last week [July 2016]. But I think there was one. The killings by police in Minnesota and Louisiana, quickly followed by killings of police in Dallas, knocked the lazy certainty out of almost everybody. (Addressing Black Lives Matter)
  • If racial profiling was reduced in America, our society would most likely be a more peacful, less divided place to be apart of. 
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