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RACIAL PROFILING PATHFINDER

DEFINITION:  The law-enforcement practice of using race, national origin, or ethnicity as a salient basis for suspicion of criminal activities. (Black's Law Dictionary, 9th edition, 2009)

NARROW THE TOPIC:

  •  “Driving While Black” is not a crime…so why are incidents occurring across the country?
  • Is racial profiling really a black and white issue?
  • Are there laws to combat racial profiling? If so, are they working?
  • Is racial profiling only happening in the police department or in other walks of life?
  • What can be done about racial profiling?
  • What impact do you think that the Dred Scott decision of 1857 had on racial profiling?
  • Are minority students targeted as potential dropouts?  Is this a form of racial profiling?
  • Is Jim Crow justice alive and well in America today?
  • Is racial profiling a legitimate way to identify terrorists or hijackers?
  • Does Arizona's 2010 immigration law encourage racial profiling?
  • How did the attacks on September 11, 2001 affect racial profiling?
ONLINE CATALOG SUBJECT HEADINGS:
  • Racial Profiling
  • Discrimination in law enforcement
  • Racial profiling in law enforcement
  • Traffic violations
  • Searches and seizures
  • Driving while black
  • Driving while Hispanic
STATISTICS:

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Profiling
[http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Topics/Topic.aspx?topicid=177]

Racial Profiling Data Collection Resource Center at Northeastern University
[http://www.racialprofilinganalysis.neu.edu/index.php]

SELECTED PRINT RESOURCES
(REF indicates non-circulating reference books):

Profiles in injustice : why racial profiling cannot work / David A. Harris.
by Harris, David A., 1957-
New York : New Press, c2002.
Call #: HV8141 .H298 2002

Profiling and criminal justice in America : a reference handbook / Jeffrey B. Bumgarner.
by Bumgarner, Jeffrey B.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2004]
Call #: HV9950 .B86 2004
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The color of guilt & innocence : racial profiling and police practices in America / Steve Holbert & Lisa Rose.
by Holbert, Steve.
San Ramon, Calif. : Page Marque Press, c2004.
Call #: HV7936.R3 .H65 2004

ELECTRONIC INDEXES:

Academic Search Premier
ProQuest

GOOGLE SCHOLAR: Racial Profiling (restricted search from 2000 to 2010)

SUGGESTED INTERNET SITES:
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
  • Conduct of Law Enforcement Agencies. U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division Special Litigation Section.
  • Institute on Race and Poverty. University of Minnesota.
  • Law Enforcement Legal Center (AELE).
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
  • Office of Community Oriented Policing Strategies (COPS).
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

CITING YOUR SOURCES:

Avoiding Plagiarism (The Online Writing Lab OWL at Perdue University) [http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/]

The key to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure you give credit where it is due. This may be credit for something somebody said, wrote, emailed, drew, or implied. (OWL)

EasyBib: Free Bibliography Maker [www.easybib.com]



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Mark Jackson,
Aug 2, 2010, 1:09 PM
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