Racial Profiling

  • 05.13.14

    It’s Time To End Profiling Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender People Of Color

    The fight against profiling by law enforcement is at a critical moment. Ben Jealous talks about racial profiling, the steps that have been taken to mitigate it, and the steps that still need to be taken to get rid of it. Jealous states that "Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are sign...

    The fight against profiling by law enforcement is at a critical moment. Ben Jealous talks about racial profiling, the steps that have been taken to mitigate it, and the steps that still need to be taken to get rid of it. 

    Jealous states that "Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are significantly overrepresented in all aspects of the penal system." The problem is even worse for LGBT individuals of color who face multiple types of discrimination. Jealous believes that this racial profiling demands a response from the federal government. He suggests that that the federal government:

    1) Ensures that protections against all forms of profiling extend across the country by linking funding to the adoption of bans on profiling.

    2) Encourage prosecutors to stop confiscating and citing possession of condoms as evidence.

    3) End immigration-enforcement programs that encourage and expand the consequences of discriminatory profiling. 

    Jealous ends with the statement "We need to end institutionalized homophobia and transphobia, just as we need to end institutionalized racism. Let us be sure to leave no one behind."