On Oct. 7, OneAmerica, along with Rights Working Group, released a report, “Faces of Racial Profiling: A Report from Communities Across America.” The report demonstrated that there is a need to address racial, ethnic, religious, and national origin profiling.
The report featured testimonies from the six of Face the Truth hearings held by OneAmerica and the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington (CAIR-WA).
“Research shows racial profiling hasn’t kept Americans any safer,” said CAIR-WA Youth Civil Rights Coordinator Jennifer Gist. “If the goal is to strengthen national security, we should focus on using intelligence more effectively and look out for suspicious behavior. Profiling individuals on the basis of their skin color or religious expression is counterproductive to national security.”
The report also highlights how local police profile and then engage in informal immigration enforcement.
Though constitutional protections and federal laws relevant to racial profiling exist, there are major hurdles to file complaints and access the courts. An individual cannot just file suit in a case of alleged racial profiling but is forced to sue the entire institution, creating an almost insurmountable obstacle for people to look towards the judicial system for help. ♦