Am I Being Racially Profiled?

The United States has come a long way in treating people of different races and backgrounds equally. Unfortunately, racially motivated actions still occur on a daily basis. One common act of racism that the government, businesses, and individuals still often commit is racial profiling. Racial profiling occurs when an individual is disproportionately targeted and/or interrogated because of their race.

In the U.S, racial profiling most often occurs against minorities. Sometimes, racial profiling is subtle and almost unnoticeable. There are, however, certain situations in which racial minorities may be especially susceptible to racial profiling.

Common Situations of Racial Profiling

There are numerous situations in which individuals will disproportionately target and/or interrogate minorities. If the following situations are familiar to you, you may be a victim of racial profiling:

  • Being “helped” excessively while in a store or being followed by employees while shopping.
  • Police officers pulling you over when you have not committed a traffic violation.
  • Being pulled aside at airports for extra security checks or removed from airplanes only due to your race.
  • Being labeled “suspicious” while doing regular activities.

If you have been pulled aside at the airport for a random security check, this does not necessarily mean you are a victim of racial profiling; victims of racial profiling seem to go through these situations on a regular basis.

Consult with a Civil Rights Attorney

Racial profiling is an injustice that occurs far too often in our country. Those who have been racially profiled may seek the guidance of a civil rights attorney who will assess their claims and help them decide whether or not to take legal action. The Dallas attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter believe in equal treatment and are prepared to fight for your legal interests. Call our offices at (214) 457-1668.


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