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20th Century Racial Profiling in America

  • Palmer Raids

    Palmer Raids
    AudioAfter a terrorist attack perpetuated by Russian and German immigrants, US Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer ordered a number of raids to deport Europen immigrants. Palmer was a known enemy of immigrants.
  • Supreme Court is for Racial Profiling

    Supreme Court is for Racial Profiling
    AudioIn the precedential case Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944), the US Supreme court ruled that it was constitutional to send Japanese-Americans to internment camps, in order to protect the country from espionage.
  • Emmett Till's Murder

    Emmett Till's Murder
    Audio14 year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered by two white men for allegedly flirting with a white woman while visiting family in Mississippi. The muderers were aquitted of the charges, but later admitted to killing Till in an interview.
  • Rodney King Beating

    Rodney King Beating
    AudioFour LAPD officers beat Rodney King after he engaged them in a high speed chase. A bystander caught the beating on camera and the incident was seen nation wide. Two of the officers were charged with civil rights violations and the other two were acquitted.
  • NYPD Shoot Unarmed Man 41 Times

    NYPD Shoot Unarmed Man 41 Times
    AudioAmadou Diallo, a 23 year-old Guinean, was shot 41 times by four plain clothed New York City Police Officers in the Bronx. Diallo was unarmed. The police were acquitted of murder charges.