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  1. Introduction
  2. Policing practices in Canada
  3. Visible minorities in Canada
  4. Dalhousie Law School's admission program
  5. Definition of moral panic
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

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?

[...] ISBN 1-55266-091-5 at 291. A. Nelson, and S. Vago. Law and Society: Canadian Edition. Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada Inc T 59. Supra note 1 at 292. Introduction to Legal Studies. Ed. Atkinson, L., et al. 3rd Ed. Concord, ON: Captus Press Inc., 2001at 400-410. Supra note 1 at 291. A. Park, Racialization and Crime (Lecture Carleton University Depratment of Sociology and Anthropology, Feb. 4th, 2008) [unpublished] at slide 24. Supra note 4 at 155. [...]

[...] 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. [...]

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