Today’s guests feel that they have unfairly
been victimized by the practice of racial profiling.
Learn their stories below:
After being pulled over by police
more than 100 times, it’s not surprising
that Antonio feels he is a victim of constant
racial profiling. Taxi commissioner Andrea agrees
that Antonio is likely being profiled but feels
it is necessary at times. She says that “If
you don’t want to be stopped, don’t
dress the part.” Though he has been convicted
of three felonies, Antonio says his wrongdoing
is in the past and can’t understand why
he should alter his appearance to live peacefully
without police intervention.
Like Antonio, Cortez has been stopped
by police dozens of times. According to Cortez,
he just “can’t walk out his door
without being profiled.” He specifically
recalls one instance in which he was walking
with four Caucasian friends but was the only
one singled out on suspicion of having a weapon.
Radio host Jesse Lee sides with the police: he
believes racial profiling is warranted and can
save lives. In Jesse’s opinion, the police
are just doing their job.
Vanessa, Monique and Marcy are
college students who also claim they are victims
of racial profiling. Along with two friends,
the trio was driving home from a party one night
when they were pulled over by nine police cars.
The group was held at gunpoint as they exited
the car. After brief questioning, the police
admitted they had mistaken them for a group of
five black men who had been threatening a white
student. Though the girls have received an official
apology from the university, they have not received
acknowledgment from the campus police despite
filing a complaint.
After graduating from college with
honors, Tiqua figured she was on the fast track
to landing a great job. However, after 100 resumes
sent and zero callbacks, Tiqua sensed something
was awry. As an experiment, she abbreviated her
name on several resumes and started to get interest
from prospective employers. Now she is concerned
her name will keep her from succeeding.
Though Shaylawnda also has an unconventional
name, she does not believe it has held her back
in her career. Shaylawnda thinks that Tiqua should
embrace her name and that people should not be
defined by their name but what they can accomplish.
Video Clip: Jesse
presents a controversial opinion on why he wouldn’t hire anyone with a “black
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