Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Peoria, IL, Police Given a "Pass" on Racial Profiling?

I'm a little confused by this Peoria Journal Star article, which describes how the NAACP is giving South Peoria police a "pass" on racial profiling. What does that even mean?

The NAACP president acknowledges that crime has gotten out of hand in certain areas and that it's important the organization "work with the police to help resolve the problems." Um, isn't that what they're supposed to be doing anyway? What's between the lines here is the history of racial tension in this Central Illinois area, the issues that have brought the area to NAACP attention in the first place. Obviously the police feel as though their ability to do their job has been hindered by the organization's policing. But I still find it odd that they would describe their "working together" that way, especially using loaded words like "pass." And, at least it appears to me, without clearly defining what exactly they mean by "giving a pass." 

Hopefully the police will get it right. It's probably crucial for the NAACP to give recognition to them when they do.

Here's my favorite reader comment, a reminder that there's still work to be done:
"I have one thing to say to the NAACP. If you don't like the Profiling. Don't Fit the Profile. If you're innocent, you won't have trouble." 
Really what s/he means is that if you're innocent-looking, you won't have trouble.  Good luck, Peoria. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that the poster of the comment about if you look innocent you won't have any problems with the police. Well the police don't necessarily have the best track record and seem to profile quite a bit. What I'm really wondering is, what does looking innocent entail?