2/22- 28: It’s Time to Talk About Racial Profiling
Night of 1,000 Conversations
Join the Racial Profiling: Face the Truth campaign for the Night of 1,000 Conversations to promote awareness and to take action against racial profiling. Racial profiling is ineffective and unconstitutional. It is a degrading practice and continues largely unchecked, violating the human and civil rights of those targeted.
- Earlier this month, a Maryland court ordered the Maryland State Police to turn over records on how they responded to complaints of racial profiling, scoring a victory for the NAACP.
- In January, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice announced they were investigating the East Haven Police Department after concerned citizens filed complaints about the Department’s profiling and harassment of Latinos.
- In January, a bill prohibiting racial profiling was introduced in the Georgia Senate. Prior to the introduction, local organizations like the ACLU of Georgia and their partners have held town halls and released reports calling attention to the pervasive problem of racial profiling in their state.
There can be victories in the fight to stop racial profiling. The examples above show what can happen when concern individuals join together at the local and state levels for a common cause. Oftentimes, local actions can lead to greater changes at the federal level.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Host a Conversation with your family, friends, colleagues, or community to learn more about the devastating impact of racial profiling and what you can do about it.
- Visit www.nightof1000conversations.org for a toolkit (now available), conversation resources, and more information.
For more information, please contact Tong Lee at TLee@RightsWorkingGroup.org.