Topic: Latinos Police Racial Profiling





Topic: Latinos Police Racial Profiling

Proposition: racial profiling of Latinos by police is a form of injustice

Specific purposes:

  1. To inform the audience concerning police racial profiling directed at Latinos
  2. To raise awareness concerning the unfair manner in which Latinos are treated by the police
  3. To highlight the consequence of police racial profiling

Thesis Statement: Racial profiling of the Latino community by the police is a form of injustice, which should be discouraged and stopped as it has negative effects on the individual and the society

  1. Introduction
  1. Attention Material: how would you feel if the color of your skin determined whether you would get any form of justice? What would you do if you got a criminal record because of your race, and not necessarily, because you committed a crime? Well, this is a reality for some Latinos, who have to endure racial profiling by the police. The law enforcers seem to think that all Latinos are illegal immigrants who do not have any right to be in the country. Some members of the police have gone to the extent of requiring Latinos to carry identification documents, which they should provide whenever required to do so.
  2. Tie to the audience: every person in this room is different but that does not mean that he or she should be treated unfairly. The person you might not think of much right now may be the one to help you in future
  3. Preview: today, I would like to talk to you about the unfair manner in which Latinos are treated by the police and the consequences of such treatment

Transition: let’s begin by defining police racial profiling and identifying instances where it occurs

  1. Body
  1. Police racial profiling refers to any form of discriminatory practices and differential treatment by the law enforcers for suspicions of crime directed at individuals because of their race (ACLU). Statistics indicate that Hispanics are more likely to be searched by police than white people are. Moreover, at 65%, Hispanics were more likely to receive tickets during traffic stops than African Americans or whites (The Leadership Conference)
  2. Racial profiling has intensified with the recent changes in immigration laws. Some states, such as Arizona have established stringent immigration laws which require police to ask some people for identification document

Transition: the idea of judging people because of how they look like has profound effects on the individuals. Let us look at some of the consequences of racial profiling

  1. Consequences of police racial profiling
    1. Law enforcers have resulted to using threats of taking legal action against those who do not have proper documents. This has made some people live in constant fear. For instance, in Arizona, some police officers stopped some children and asked them for their birth certificates. They told them that they would deport them to Mexico if they did not have the documents. The incident left the children traumatized and they now insist on carrying identification documents whenever they are outside their home (Romero and Serag 75)
    2. Racial profiling encourages abuse of power by the law enforcers. The incident in Arizona demonstrates abuse of authority by the police. They stopped and questioned young children even though their parents were not around. Another case happened in Arizona where two men were arrested and detained for more than five hours because of their race. The police arrested them even though they did not have a reason to do so (Wong)
    3. Police racial profiling is a form of injustice. It has negative consequences once a person is arrested since it gives them a criminal record even though they have not committed any offense or crime. The young men who were arrested and detained in Chicago had their fingerprints taken and they were taken to court. This is despite the fact that they had not done any wrong (Wong)
    4. Racial profiling denies people the chance to live in freedom. People are constantly worried that they will be stopped and frisked by the police. They have to carry identification documents with them. This has denied Latinos the chance to enjoy any form of freedom as they live in constant worry
    5. Racial profiling encourages corruption and fraud. Some people will result to bribing their way through the system if they do not have the proper documents. Corrupt officials can take advantage of the immigration laws to harass people and ask them for bribes so that they can leave them alone.
    6. Racial profiling encourages xenophobia attitude among the people. The society develops a form of distrust and indifference towards those who are different from them. This increases tension and conflict among different people. In addition, it reduces social cohesion and cooperation
  1. Conclusion:
  1. Transition: from the information presented, it is clear that racial profiling has profound negative effects on individuals who are targeted as well as on the society
  2. Summary: the information presented has defined racial profiling and it has presented the consequences of such practice. Of note is the injustice, abuse of power, and the negative psychological effects that are likely to occur when police target a particular race
  3. Tie Back to the Audience: what would happen if you got into an accident and the only doctor who could save your life was arrested because he forgot to carry his identification documents? Think of the benefits of having a diverse society that encourages people from different cultures to live and work together without any fear. This is the whole essence of America, as it has become a melting pot of different cultures. It is what contributes to the greatness of the nation
  4. Concluding Remarks: law enforcers and legislators should find other ways of dealing with the problem of illegal immigrants in the country. They should resist any form of racial profiling because it will contribute to the detriment of the nation.



Works Cited:

ACLU. “Racial Profiling: Definition.” American Civil Liberties Union. 23 Nov. 2005. Web. 25 June 2014

Romero, Mary and Marwah, Serag. “Violation of Latino Civil Rights Resulting from INS and Local Police’s Use of Race, Culture and Class Profiling: The Case of The Chandler Roundup in Arizona.” Cleveland State Law Review 52.1 (2005): 75-96

The Leadership Conference. The Reality of Racial Profiling. March 2011. Web. 25 June 2014

Wong, Brad. “Arrested Latino Obamacare Workers Lash Out Against Racial Profiling.” Huffington Post. 21 May 2014. Web. 25 June 2014


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