A Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer says it's not racial profiling, but a fact that burglaries in their community are committed by young, black male teens. The information seems to echo the perception that many have about racial profiling. It isn't racial profiling or a stereotype if it is a fact. It also seems that some might say because there had been recent burglaries committed by blacks in
And here folks, lies the inherent danger of racial profiling.
Stereotyping and racial profiling is always wrong. People are presumed innocent of crimes until they are found guilty in a court of law. Trayvon Martin was not committing a crime, was not apprehended by police, but was walking back from a 7-Eleven store when Zimmerman said he was suspcious. Martin's suspicious behavior in Zimmerman's eyes was that he was walking and staring.
Yes. Listen to the 911 call. Trayvon Martin was guilty of walking and staring. Zimmerman pointed out several times in his phone call that Trayvon was black, thereby fitting the profile he had in his mind. Zimmerman was on the prowl, looking for black burglars as fellow neighborhood watch vounteer Wanda Chandler explained in an interview with BBC.
Chandler stated, "You know, we don't want people to think we're racially profiling anyone. It's just the fact, not a perception, that most of the residential burglaries are caused by teens or you know, young men -- young black men."
Fast-forward to 1:33 to hear Wanda Chandler give her perception.
Here's why what Chandler and Zimmerman did is racially profiling.
Even if statistics show that more burglaries are committed by young, black males, that doesn't mean that ALL young black males are committing burglaries.
Trayvon Martin was not committing a crime. Neighborhood watch programs are established throughout the country and they are designed to keep communities safe by everyone keeping an eye on things and watching for criminal activity.
According to Chandler and Zimmerman's perceptions, because more burglaries are committed by young, black males, then all young black males are suspects, regardless of what they are doing. That my dear readers, is racially profiling.
If Trayvon Martin were hanging out a window of a home, yes, that is suspicious behavior. If Trayvon Martin were seen jumping out of a window carrying a duffel bag stuffed with goods, then yes. Zimmerman had every right to call the police and say he saw a suspicious looking male, possibly committing a crime.
What George Zimmerman saw was a young, black male walking therefore he deemed him suspicious.
Walking is not a suspicious act. Walking and talking on the phone is not a suspicious act and walking while carrying iced tea, Skittles and talking on the phone is not a suspicious act.
While many agree with Chandler's and Zimmerman's perceptions, the simple fact is they are wrong. Suspecting someone because of the color of their skin is not only racial profiling, it is illegal and a violation of that person's civil rights. Racial profiling is one of the most common forms of discrimination in the United States.