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Video:Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.

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This ABC experiment on race dynamics is easily the best thing I've seen on television in years. The result blows my mind, and at 1:50, I literally yelled, "You've got to be kidding me!" at my screen. Let me know if you do, too.

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JL A (281)
Monday June 17, 2013, 8:26 am
Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.

This ABC experiment on race dynamics is easily the best thing I've seen on television in years. The result blows my mind, and at 1:50, I literally yelled, "You've got to be kidding me!" at my screen. Let me know if you do, too.

Rafael Casal

I know everyone gets uncomfortable talking about race, but it would be great if people were more aware so they could challenge their own preconceived notions. You sharing and tweeting this could go a long way toward doing that. Totally your call though.
ORIGINAL: By ABC. Found by VladCantSleep.

Mary T (358)
Monday June 17, 2013, 9:12 am
Sad commentary about Americans.

Kit B (276)
Monday June 17, 2013, 9:18 am

How much better illustration of our innate prejudices do we need? This should give us all a moments hesitation. We know what we think we would do, but there is a chance we are just like those in the video.

JL A (281)
Monday June 17, 2013, 9:19 am
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Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday June 17, 2013, 9:31 am


Thanks, Judi.


Nicole W (646)
Monday June 17, 2013, 9:55 am
sadly not surprised, thanks JL

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday June 17, 2013, 10:07 am
No Kit I wasn't surprised at all by this. I used to have a friend named Tommy. Tommy was a very tall, athletic colored man who worked out frequently; helped out in the local youth center and was very family oriented. Tommy used to run and every time he would run through the gentrified section of town he was sure to be stopped. I've seen it all too often sad to say.

JL A (281)
Monday June 17, 2013, 10:13 am
You are welcome Carole and Nicole.
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Gene J (290)
Monday June 17, 2013, 10:20 am
Wow. Okay, my jaw dropped three times. First, when the two black women assumed a white teen would not be carrying around burglary tools, then when that crowd immediately converges on the black teen, and finally when that old doofus offered to help her, the first one, by the time second one did I was expecting it. Amazing. Anyone who thinks racial profiling does NOT exist, should be made to watch this video. Heck, it should be on the evening news, all networks, including cable, though you'd probably have to arm wrestle Rupert to get it on Faux news. Perfect example though, racial profiling is alive and well in the USA and I don't think that would have been any different in any state of the union.

Angelika R (143)
Monday June 17, 2013, 10:24 am
Yeah, we know, if you're black you got to be a criminal, nothing new. What must happen to end racism in the US and anywhere else?

JL A (281)
Monday June 17, 2013, 10:25 am
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Past Member (0)
Monday June 17, 2013, 11:31 am
Just a shame...disappointing. Thx JL

Jim P (3257)
Monday June 17, 2013, 11:33 am
Yep, racism is alive and well.

Racism exists not only in US but around the world as well.

Sexism too...

An excellent video!

Ty, JL.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 17, 2013, 11:44 am
This is racisim, not "Racial Profiling" which requires law enforcement officials targeting individuals.

JL A (281)
Monday June 17, 2013, 11:58 am
You are welcome Natasha and Jim.

This was racial profiling by citizens using law enforcement's typical criteria.

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Jae A (316)
Monday June 17, 2013, 1:56 pm
Great video...and point proven beyond a doubt me thinketh.
Yes, most of us know it..racism/racial profiling exist..and yet as we saw in the video just how many people are willing to help things change.....To that all I can say is WTF is wrong with people who aren't racist but that can just brush all of it away with a mindset of time things will change...and or right now I'm too busy or just not completely sure if that's the case so I'll pass on my own behalf at this moment/time ..................etc. etc. etc. etc.

Racist are nothing new..and they are certainly nothing new on care2, yet they are tolerated and taken as 'to be expected' too many others in my opinion. If one is not willing to confront 'racism' be it 'racial profiling ' or on a thread with racist 'overtones or outright racist views, then little if anything at all will change. Which do you do..on the streets and or on threads when you see 'racisim' being emplied/thin cloaked... or just plain ol blatant about it while they do so ?

Yes, I will give my answer on that first since I ask the question..I confront it regardless if on the street or on a 'site' thread, such as care2 and others. I can't prove my 'street actions' as to such but there are plenty of threads here on care2 where I have which some of you might have noticed myself..and a few others from time to time also doing.

My answer to your question " What must happen to end racism in the US and anywhere else?" Angelika... is for all whole aren't racist to confront it whenever one has the opportunity to do so. Take the risk of at least questioning a persons statements or those of 'articles' they post if you notice 'race' being the motive or an ingredient in a comment/article on line. In public.. the video did make it clear that a persons race should not excuse their suspicious actions.

Current politics have some groups to the point now of being proud of their can litterly be the glud that actually bonds them together. Politically speaking there is where we can all jump head in to voice our opposition to it I think. Kind of that ..."oh not you don't, not on my watch"..kind of thinkin,so to say :-).

Great video and thanks for sharing JL.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Monday June 17, 2013, 2:52 pm
Th is an excellent video, JL - Thanks Much! So sad but true ..

JL A (281)
Monday June 17, 2013, 2:58 pm
You are welcome Jae and Holly. Elie Weisel told us it was the silence of the community that allowed the Nazi death camps: Jae, thank you for not being silent and for speaking up.
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. (0)
Monday June 17, 2013, 4:21 pm
I'm not a bit surprised at all.

JL A (281)
Monday June 17, 2013, 4:22 pm
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Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Monday June 17, 2013, 11:34 pm
Thnx for posting

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:04 am
This does not surprise me at all, JL. We have all been imprinted with stereotypes, it's our way of controlling our surroundings. It's easier to view the world in groups and not in individuals. It's very sad, but it's true.

Caroline S (78)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:28 am
I'm not surprised /:-(

Scott haakon (4)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 7:42 am
And people wonder why they get shot? Aggressive actions toward the blk kid would usually result in a fight. I cannot blame him that is why the justice system is evil.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 8:04 am
Scott gives us yet another example of racial profiling and stereotyping.
You are welcome Unnikrishnan.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 8:11 am
Bad enough to jump to stupid conclusions but they did it so quickly! We humans can be a pathetic bunch...

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 8:25 am
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Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 10:14 am

Products of our culture, that we are Giana.

If I drive an expensive car, certain assumptions are made about who I am. Society says I have the money and so I must be accomplished in my profession.

In the US because of many very bad policies, generational poverty and inbred racism, we make assumptions about who will or will not be the thief. That is not just a flawed assumption, but by ignoring why we make those foolish and harmful assumptions we leave ourselves open to the actual perpetrators of crime.
This video really highlights that lack of information. Sadly, the deeply in grained racism we have come to tell ourselves is not true, prevents us from facing that truth.

Maybe one of the most famous faces of modern science is Neil DeGrasse Tyson, stopped and frisked for walking in NYC while being black. Even the policemen that stopped him admitted to knowing who he was.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 10:17 am
Thanks for the excellent illumination to assist all readers to pause and recognize any racist habits of thought they may have had while watching the video Kit.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 1:39 pm
Unbelievable, thank you.

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 1:58 pm
Wow! Unbelievable! Noted and Thanks!

M B (62)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:02 pm
I'm not surprised.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:23 pm
You are welcome Birgit and Debbie.
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Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:43 pm
Nope. I didn't drop my teeth.

I'm white but I'm also street wise.

What would I have done. I would have stopped and talked with either the black or the white guy and the lady. I would NOT have offered to help. But I would have turned the conversational toward philosophy. Basically I would have listened to his story. Just listened. And asked questions related to his/her considerations. Chances are, he/she would have decided they didn't really want to take the bike.

Hey, it's the result of working Suicide Protection line and then WarmLine, connected with Crisis Line for many and many a year. I'm retired now but I still know how to listen and save lives.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:46 pm
Thanks for sharing a humane yet effective response Zee.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:48 pm
I guess I'm not awake yet,

I meant to say Suicide Prevention Line.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:59 pm
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Myriam Derome (1)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 3:00 pm
Okay, the girl response was a little bloody weird. :P Also green-starring Zee; that's a really cool response. I have to wonder if it would be more or less effective coming from a young girl in person.

Judy C (97)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 3:32 pm
This is an excellent video, J.L. It would be a good teaching tool in schools, where it could spark some frank discussions about the subject of racism, a subject that is often uncomfortable, or even taboo. As Giana points out above, stereotyping is a useful cognitive function that helps us to categorize and relate to the world. This function is contaminated by suspicion, fear, or even hatred of the "other" when children are developing. It is difficult to overcome these attitudes, that become deeply ingrained. Getting people to recognize their own prejudices is sometimes difficult. This experiment reveals much more than a self-reported measure ever could. Bringing this subject out in the open is needed as a first step, before any real change will take place. Thanks J.L.

Leann Wells Huber (0)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 5:38 pm
I agree with Judy C. This is a wonderful example of racial profiling. I, too, think they should show it in every school. Just when we think we are getting better as a culture, we have to open our eyes and face the problem again.

Sherri G (128)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 12:44 am
Excellent comments and observations. My girlfriend a wonderful sophisticated life long friend told me once discrimination is everywhere. We had gone grocery shopping at Traders and I always take my own cloth bags. I asked her if she has cloth bags and she said NO because she couldn't carry her own bags because that would be "shopping while black". How twisted is that? None of us who are not black can begin to imagine what our black friends have to think about. All because of racism. Thank you JL for posting this story. Noted

Iona Kentwell (129)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 6:07 am
Appalling. Sometimes it is hard to know when to step in and interfere in a situation that you observe, we've all seen something we wondered whether we should be finding out more about. But the difference in the way these three are treated by passers by is actually insane. There is nothing different about there actions, only their appearance. And yet one is basically ignored, left to go about his business, one is ganged up upon and has the police called on him and one is offered help in her illegal actions! Insane.

JL A (281)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 6:33 am
You are welcome Judy and Sherri.

Debra Van Way (12)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 9:03 am
When I was around 10 years old I realized that an awful lot of humans were really stupid. I was swimming at the park pool one hot summer day a week after my aunt had over permed my hair and I can tan pretty dark for a white person. Anyway-this particular day, a little girl my age came swimming up to me with a big smile on her face. I will never forget her first words to me: "Oh, I am so glad you are here-the white kids won't play with me and with you here I am not all alone and maybe they won't be so mean to me." I never told her I was white and we had a wonderful summer at the pool. I will never forget Becky Washington-she was a wonderful friend and I missed her greatly when her family was transferred to another state. I felt sorry for the kids that lost a chance to make friends with a truly nice person because they thought she was less than them. They merely proved they were the losers.

Janis B (7)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 11:04 am
Surely any person would have challenged all the thieves. To us colour would have nothing to do with it. But doesn't it show how dumb men are.

Mari Garcia (51)
Monday June 24, 2013, 5:46 pm
sadly, I am not surprised

Debbie Crowe (87)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 1:13 am
I hate that Racial Profiling goes on (look at the Zimmerman case)!

I know that if I saw someone stealing a bike, I would call the police on them whether they were black, white or purple!!
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