In a recent article, both Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell were both involved in a heated discussion regarding racial profiling. Whoopie Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell are both talk show host for the show titled ‘The View’. This is not the first time that both show host have had a publicized confrontation on the show.
O’Donnell believed defined racism in America in terms of mistaken identity. She referred to a recent interview of Present and Mrs. Obama regarding their past experiences with racism. She stated, “When you’re asking the President of the United States to get your keys, that’s racism!”
Whoopi Goldberg believes that racism in America is inclusive of the mistreatment of individuals, and education as the primary factors for defining racism in America. Whoopi Goldberg made two references to the definition of racism in America. Her first reference was when she stated, “You guys know what real racism is … Racism is when someone comes up and says (explicative) and die. That’s racist.” She went on to say that racism is “ignorance” which is the foundation for racial profiling.
Racial profiling is the use of an individual’s race or ethnicity by law enforcement personnel as a key factor in deciding whether to engage in enforcement (e.g. stop and search or arrest). The practice is controversial and is illegal in many jurisdictions. It is thought that racial profiling victimized both Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
As we have witnessed, racial profiling creates distrust between citizens and local police which can have a devastating impact on a community. For example, after the Michael Brown shooting it was found that the racial profiling was prevalent in Ferguson Missouri. According to last year’s Vehicle Stop Report for Ferguson, African-American drivers there represented 86 percent of all traffic stops despite making up only 67 percent of the city’s population; White drivers, by contrast, accounted for only about 13 percent of the traffic stops in Ferguson despite making up 29 percent of its population. Meanwhile, African-American drivers accounted for nearly 93 percent of the arrests and Whites only 7 percent, despite the fact that, when Ferguson police did search drivers, they found contraband on more than a third of their White targets and only a fifth of their Black ones.
What we have to be more concerned about is what is the original source for racial profiling. Racial profiling begins in our education system. It begins in the classroom with a White teacher and her students.
In the classroom, the power broker is the teacher. Since an estimated 84% of teachers are White female, the power broker in the classroom is the White female. White female teachers dictate the culture of the classroom which in turn dictates the culture of the school which leads to racial profiling.
Whenever there is a confrontation in the classroom it is the White female teacher that is the predominant winner. We know this because of the imbalance of disciplinary consequences for Black students. This imbalance begins in preschool and continues to high school.
According to the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, Black preschool children represent 18% of school enrollment while representing 48% of the out of school suspensions. White preschool students represent 43% of school enrollment while representing 26% of the out of school suspensions. In preschool, racism against Whites begins for many Black students.
Black students are over disciplined when compared to White students as they progress through school. Blacks are three times more likely to be suspended from school when compared to Whites. The average quantity of Whites who are either suspended or expelled is 5%, while the average for Black students is 16%.
Due to the racism against Blacks by White female teachers, cops begin the process for racial profiling of Blacks in schools. When students are deemed as a legal challenge for schools, the first agency that a school administrator will call is the police. The outcome of the racial profiling is devastating for Black students. Black students represent 16% of the student population while representing 27% of the students referred to law enforcement and 31% of who are subject to school related arrest. White students represent 51% of the student population while representing 41% of the students referred to law enforcement and 39% who are subject to school related arrest.
After these types of encounters, it is no wonder why so many Black male youths are involved in confrontations with White cops. The Black student opposition to Whites begins in the classroom against White female teachers. As a result, the end result is Black hatred for cops and racial profiling by White cops.
As Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie o”Donnell continue to debate the definition of racial profiling, what really need to happen is a discussion regarding how to eliminate racial profiling.
Eliminating racial profiling begins with eliminating classroom racism (Elcloomism). The only way to overcome Elcloomism is to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships (Properateasclaships).
Yes, Whoopi Goldberg got it right. Racial profiling is ignorance and ignorance has a direct correlation to the perpetual tradition of classroom racism (Percrism) for which Black students and the Black community continue to suffer.