Obama Rams the Issue of Racial Profiling Back Onto the Nation’s Table

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | 7/24/2013, 11:02 a.m.

Others go much further than calling it simply a case of fanning racial stereotypes and negative typecasting; they say that good police work is about the business of catching criminals and reducing crime. And if more black men are stopped in poor black neighborhoods or in any other neighborhood, it’s not because they’re black but because they commit more crimes.

This is bogus on two grounds. In the overwhelming majority of stops of black men by police under stop-and-frisk tactics in New York and other cities, blacks are not arrested or charged with any crime. Also, studies have found that blacks are stopped in disproportionate numbers in predominantly white neighborhoods with the same result. They are not arrested or charged with any crime.

Obama’s list of the ways blacks are profiled follows closely on the heels of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s blunt charge in his address at the recent NAACP convention that he too believes he has been racially profiled in years past.

Now that two of America’s most powerful and recognized officials are saying the same thing about profiling, they’ve rammed the issue back on the nation’s table, where it never should have left.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.