Understandably, the mere mention of the term, racial profiling conjures up all kinds of negative images, with just as many definitions. There was a time when it was standard operating procedure for police to pull over drivers based solely on race. Some will argue the practice still exists. Besides the intrusion, annoyance, financial inconvenience, and injustice, many times those random stops ended up tragically. It is more commonly called “Driving While Black,” DWB because a disproportionate number of the illegal police stops were of black drivers.
Thank goodness, the practice has waned. It was argued that the practice violated the Fourth Amendment of the U. S. Constitution that guarantees the right to be safe from unreasonable search and seizure without probable cause, and also the Fourteenth Amendment which requires that all citizens be treated equally under the law.
But here we are some years later. Contrary to popular acceptance, racial profiling would greatly reduce the proliferation of gun violence and deaths perpetrated upon and by young black Americans. If implemented correctly, the cops would have a reason for pulling over black drivers: to get illegal guns off the street.
Of course, some rogue cops would misuse the system. But the result would be a mere sacrifice of some convenience for the prevention of the death of a young person.
Drastic times calls for drastic actions. The objections of groups like the NAACP, ACLU, Rainbow Coalition, or The National Action Network should be expected but overruled. Those groups or individuals are not preventing one young black life from being taken and the lives of many others from being destroyed. The actions of national black voices like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton can be traced to infrequent/rare deaths of blacks at the hands of non-black shooters. Or any chance there is to manipulate white America into guilt, also known as a shakedown.
The cowardice practice of drive-by shootings has been perfected by young black thugs. Thus, warranting the appropriate return to the practice of stopping “suspicious “black drivers in high crime areas to conduct searches for illegal weapons. Since escalating incidents of black-on-black gun violence can be pinpointed to specific communities, the “suspicious searches” would be limited to those areas. This would either curtail the number of crimes committed in poor parts of towns or it would transfer the practice to other areas. Doing the latter, forcing the crime to white neighborhoods, would make elected officials react.
This practice would not occur everywhere. Primarily, it would take place in large urban areas, like Oakland and Los Angeles, CA, St. Louis, MO, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, and Washington, DC. You cast your line where the fish are.
Therefore, I hereby call for the immediate return of racial profiling. Henceforth, all law enforcement should pull over any suspicious looking black driver and search the car/person(s) for illegal weapons. If found, seize the gun, arrest the person(s), and confiscate the car. If fruitless, thank the driver for his patience and wish them a safe journey. I’d rather an innocent black man be inconvenienced for a few minutes than one lying in the street traced by white chalk.
While you’re preparing your objection to this, remember a black person is murdered every hour in America.
So, hurry. You might save a life.