Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher of the late 18th century once said, ?The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.? Prejudice has been the root cause of many of the world?s major problems. Take as an example, Nazi Germany, and the eradication of millions of Jews. Hitler?s outstanding oratory skills made it possible for him to instill his personal prejudices in the German public. Hitler partook in a form of racial profiling in which he savagely charged Jews with being nothing short of the scum of the earth. However, one must beg the question: has today?s society learned from past mistakes and found the true meaning of justice?
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[...] Through an examination of many facets of not only the criminal justice system, but society as a whole, one can see that concern regarding racial profiling is not merely a result of moral panic. Racial profiling has existed for hundreds of year, with or without media over-representation. Over-policing not only harms society as a whole, but slowly degrades the individual who finds themselves in that community. Labeling individuals as criminal based on their race or ethnicity often lead to acceptance of that label by these individuals. [...]
[...] Slavery, unjust imprisonment and execution existed long before today's in-your-face media. Thus, racial profiling has existed long before the media had a chance to aggravate it. Secondly, this definition assumes that before the information makes it to the public, editors and other “socially accredited experts” get to put their own twist on the facts. However, take into consideration the example used above of prison populations. The number of aboriginals incarcerated in Canadian prisons is not a result of media representation of Aboriginals. [...]
[...] Joseph Fletcher et al. at the Centre of Criminology at the University of Toronto confirms that police are prone to racial stereotyping of natives and other visible minorities.” This discrimination of the aboriginal population is visibly portrayed by the Canadian prison population. Aboriginal prison populations are particularly high in the Prairie Provinces. For example, Alberta, where aboriginals make up 4 percent of the provincial population, one third (34 percent) of adult inmates [are] aboriginal.” A landmark Canadian case pertaining to racial profiling is the case of Donald Marshall Jr. [...]
[...] C. Bennell, A. Forth, J. Pozzulo. Forensic Psychology. Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada Inc at 117. Supra note 6. Ibid Ibid A. Thio, Deviant Behavior. 8th ed. Boston, MASS: Pearson Education, Inc at 38-39. McMunagle, J., and Saunders, R.P. Criminal Law in Canada: [...]
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