Racial Profiling

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To help establish that racial profiling really occurs, police on street corners are now being asked to guess the racial identity of passing motorists. The idea is to establish a benchmark and then compare it to actual traffic stops, arrests and searches. But how accurate will the cops' fleeting estimates really be? Would the drivers themselves give different answers if they were asked what category they belong to? Those questions illustrate how difficult it's become to deal with racism in a country where racial diversity is on the rise.
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Warren Olney