Racial profiling is the police practice of using race as a determining factor in identifying a potential criminal.Although, under the constitution all people are equal, there are still stereotypes about minorities being a lower class even today.Certain minorities are treated unfairly and are not shown the same kind of treatment and tolerance that someone of a Caucasian background would receive.The articles "Ragtime, My Time," by Alton Fitzgerald White, and "Road Rage," by Patricia J. Williams, both demonstrate how racial profiling is often a misconception of how people group minorities, and in the end ultimately infringes on the rights of the individuals.
In White's article, "Ragtime My Time," he shows that no African American man can avoid the stereotype of being a criminal no matter how successful he may be.The story follows the life of a prospering Broadway actor, who was wrongfully arrested while merely trying to make a deposit at a local bank.The authorities had received a call that two Hispanic men had guns, and came to find them.The police came into the apartment complex and they stumbled upon three black men and automatically linked them to the crime without asking them any kind of questions and no care about what they were doing prior to the police coming into the apartment building.In the article, police grouped all minorities under one category and violated everything that the constitution said.The rights of the innocent individuals were torn by being humiliated, strip searched, and questioned for hours just because of their ethnicity, and being at the wrong place at the wrong time."When I was thrown in jail with the criminals and strip-searched, I somehow knew to put my pride aside, be quiet and do exactly what I was told, hating it but coming to terms with the fact that in this situation I was powerless"(White 422). This quote shows that the innocent pe…