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Sadly, the dangers of racial profiling are still prevalent in our world today, and though steps have been made to curb it, the negative effects still pervade our planet.

Gloria Gipson Suggs, author of Piece-A-Way Crossroads, knows all about racial profiling and how it has affected black Americans. She specifically talks about the segregation and lack of job opportunities that her community experienced. It’s a well-detailed book that offers a unique look into a not-so-rosy past the American nation went through.

Today, we’ll be diving into the adverse effects that racial profiling has brought to the American population, particularly for people of color.

Racial Profiling Is More Common Than We Think

A golf course owner contacted the cops on black ladies for playing too slowly. A white Yale student contacted the police, claiming that a black student was dozing off in a dorm building. Meanwhile, a mother called the police because two Native American students were making her “nervous.”

Judging from these reports and others similar to it, it does seem like racial profiling is becoming as natural as breathing. There was even a man named Darren Martin, whose neighbors called the police, claiming that he was a burglar who was armed and dangerous. It turns out that Darren was simply moving into his New York apartment.

To this day, Martin still doesn’t understand what his neighbor might have thought was a weapon. His theories range from the pillows he was carrying all the way to the TV and couch. Regular racial profiling is one humiliation on top of another for individuals of color.

There Are Dangerous Consequences That Racial Profiling Brings

A half-dozen New York law enforcement personnel showed up when Martin moved in, thinking he was armed. Martin claimed that he might have died if he had made one mistake. However, there is an additional, less well-known risk associated with racial profiling: long-term health issues.

The dangers of racial profiling affect both the mental and physical health of people experiencing them every day. High stress presents negative effects to any individual going through them on a daily basis. It puts anyone at a higher risk of developing:

• Muscle tension and pain

• Weight gain

• Headaches

• Issues with focus and memory

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart disease

• Digestive problems

• Sleep problems

Health concerns are one of the major reasons why everyday racial profiling is so dangerous. Nobody deserves to be segregated, outcasted, or attacked because of their race, and that’s one of the messages that Gloria Gipson Suggs‘ book wants to deliver.

Racial Profiling Affects Businesses and Job Opportunities as Well

The effect on business comes next. According to one study, white job interviewers terminated interviews 25% sooner and sat more distantly from black candidates than from white candidates.

According to another study, even when their qualifications were equivalent, resumes with stereotypically white names—like Greg and Emily—received 50% more calls than those with stereotypically black names—like Jamal and Lakisha. “A white name earns as many callbacks as eight years more of experience,” the survey also discovered.

But There Is a Silver Lining Because We Can Fight Back Racial Profiling

Identifying your prejudices is the first step. Every person in the world has biases. Additionally, academics have created several tests, such as the Implicit Association test, the Bias Cleanse, and the “Test Yourself for Hidden Bias,” to identify any hidden biases in your psychology.

Given that biases develop early, it is crucial for parents to assist young children in making the correct decisions. At the University of California, Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center recommends:

• Developing your own varied network of friendships

• Giving children more positive representations of different racial groups

• Assisting your children in making diverse friendships

• Speaking candidly about race and the harm caused by racism

In whatever you do, avoid trying to seem as though bias doesn’t exist. Ironically, many who contend that prejudice isn’t a major issue in today’s world are highlighting the issue of unconscious prejudice.

Let’s Do Our Best to Curb the Dangers of Racial Profiling

Racial profiling is as real as anything gets, but as we’ve mentioned in this blog post, we can fight it. With that in mind, let’s do our best to curb the dangers of profiling and make life better for us overall.

Go ahead and grab a copy of Gloria Gipson Suggs’ book, Piece-A-Way Crossroads, and learn more about the Great Depression and segregation. Check out our other blog posts, and learn about The Great Depression’s impact on civil rights and social justice movements!

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