Start a conversation that says no to racial profiling
by Restore Fairness, Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 03:42:50 PM EST
In a recent USA Today poll, 71% of people said that they were in favor of racial profiling at airports. It is time to face the truth; racial and ethnic profiling at airports does not work. In fact it makes us less safe. And moving away from airports, racial profiling occurs all over the country, targeting a number of communities including the Native American, African American, Latino, Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities.
We think it is time to Face the Truth about racial profiling and speak out against it. Participate in a conversation against racial profiling and join the Rights Working Group for the launch of their campaign that seeks to drive home the message that racial profiling does not work. In fact, it makes our communities feel humiliated and degraded, in addition to making us feel less safe rather than more secure.
Racial profiling is an illegal, ineffective and degrading practice that violates constitutional protections and human rights. While many have struggled with the consequences of being profiled, including being incarcerated and deported, communities rarely have the opportunity to deepen our understanding of the facts, stories and realities of these events.
In order to educate individuals and communities across the country about the faces of racial profiling, why it is ineffective and what can be done to put an end to it, join into the Night of a 1,000 Conversations from February 22nd-28th to spread awareness and inspire action.
Why is the simple act of conversation so important. Here is an example of a testimonial from a previous conversation,
"None of the participants who were not born in the U.S. would commit to doing anything remotely political – write letters, make phone calls, etc. Their fear of deportation was too great. They viewed the evening’s activity as a safe space and while they were comfortable enough to share their thoughts on political climate re: immigration/detention/deportation, anything beyond personal conversation was not realistic."
Learn. Share. Act.
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