The End Racial Profiling Act of 2013 (S. 1038, H.R. 2851) aims to prohibit racial profiling at the federal, state, local and tribal levels. Defined as “the practice of a law enforcement agent or agency relying, to any degree, on race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin in selecting which individuals to subject to routine or spontaneous investigatory activities, or in deciding upon the scope and substance of law enforcement activity following the initial investigatory procedure,” racial profiling is a discriminatory act that denies individuals the constitutional right of equal protection under the law.
The End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1038, H.R. 2851) would legally prohibit racial profiling and enforce the injunction through the judicial system by such means as specializing instruction in federal law enforcement training, conditioning state and local government receipt of federal funds on the successful adoption of anti-racial profiling policies, awarding Justice Department grants to state and local governments that best implement practices that defeat racial profiling, and positioning the Attorney General as watchdog to assess such practices.
Racial profiling raises civil rights concerns, undermines the criminal justice system by diverting resources from pursuing actual criminal behavior, and reinforces false stereotypes, whether in the context of counterterrorism, street-level crime or immigration enforcement.
Judaism teaches respect for the fundamental rights of others as each person's duty to God. "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor" (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a). Equality in the Jewish tradition is based on the concept that all of God's children are "created in the image of God" (Genesis 1:27).
Take Action Now!
Contact your Senators and urge them to uphold the civil rights of all individuals by co-sponsoring the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 (S. 1038, H.R. 2851). The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202-224-3121. For more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Charlie Arnowitz at 202.387.2800.