Race, Crime and Justice (Published

Diallos case is just one of the numerous instances wherein racial profiling has become a standard among law enforcement officers. The article cites how, at present, colored people are given top priority when it comes to identifying possible suspects or perpetrators to a crime or even a petty offense. Activities like frisking, searching for someones belongings and private property, and police detention are the little harassments colored people have to go through simply because they are not white Americans. This current state of law enforcement and treatment of people with different races reflects the fact that in the postmodern American society, racial discrimination is very much alive.

The essay then focuses on the law enforcement organization and members themselves. It argues that racial profiling has become an inevitable part of law enforcement activities conducted by the New York police.

This can have potential adverse effects not only to the colored people, but to the image and effectiveness of law enforcement in the city. Prejudice against a particular group of people clouds the judgment of the law enforcers and policemen, leading to the commitment of mistakes or wrongful detentions or arrests of people who are innocent. In the long run, time and effort given to these judgmental and racial profiling activities are not only wasted, but may also result to diminished trust and confidence in law enforcement organizations like the New York police. If the law enforcers themselves do not know how to distinguish between the rightfully and wrongly accused perpetrator, what use are they (law enforcers) for the civil.