Black Criminal Stereotypes and Racial Profiling

  title={Black Criminal Stereotypes and Racial Profiling},
  author={Kelly Welch},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice},
  pages={276 - 288}
  • K. Welch
  • Published 1 August 2007
  • Law
  • Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
The racial stereotyping of criminals has been an enduring and unfortunate feature of American culture. However, following the civil rights movement, the linkage between Blacks and crime was galvanized. The stereotyping of Blacks as criminals is so pervasive throughout society that “criminal predator” is used as a euphemism for “young Black male.” This common stereotype has erroneously served as a subtle rationale for the unofficial policy and practice of racial profiling by criminal justice… 
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