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End Racial Profiling!

End Racial Profiling!

We asked people in the YWCA community to share their experiences with racial profiling. It's time for this unfair targeting to end! Join us in a Stand Against Racism to continue working for change in our community. And we'd love for you to join the conversation: share your story on Twitter or Facebook using #StandAgainstRacism and #YWAct.

"Who can I turn to for help....?"

A YWCA community member shares the difficulty she has had with law enforcement in the past due to her intersecting identities. She says having the opportunity to share her story is powerful. "This makes a huge impact in my life for it offers me a chance to share my story and lift my voice. As I always say, a voice unheard is a story untold....I have a mental health issue, and I just happen to be black. Seems like a double whammy here.” Due to her struggles with mental health, she feels as though she has been discriminated against by the police. “I have been deemed a nuisance by my neighborhood cops and the community surrounded. Who can I turn to for help when the officers of the law fail to protect me?”

Driving While Black

A YWCA community member tells about a time when she felt racially profiled by the police when she was 16 or 17 years old. She and a group of friends, all of whom were African American females, were on their way to a basketball game and were pulled over without reason. “At the time I had my dad’s car, which happened to be a nicer car. I wasn’t speeding, wasn’t doing anything to break the law and I still got pulled over. I was very confused about why I got pulled over.” She continued by stating, “The police officer, which was a white male came to the window and said, I can’t remember the excuse he gave, but he ended up saying ‘I’m just going to let you go.’ I remember that made an impact on me as a young African American female and feeling profiled because we were in a nice car and we were all black.”

White Privilege

"As a white woman, I typically pass for safe, trustworthy and honest in the eyes of the law,” states a YWCA community member. “While we commonly address the ways in which some people are disadvantaged by systems, and namely racism, we often neglect to look at the opposite side of the coin, meaning the ways in which some benefit and have privileges due to their race.” She affirms, “I've never had an experience with the police where I've had to wonder if my skin color negatively influenced the situation,” she continues, “and that’s a privilege a lot of people of color are not afforded.” 

Date Created: 4/16/2015

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