On Sept. 25, the NAACP released a groundbreaking report on racial profiling titled,“Born Suspect: Stop-and-Frisk Abuses & Continued Fight to End Racial Profiling in America.”

In a continual effort to eliminate racial injustices across the nation, the association compiled analysis of advocacy efforts, lessons learned and recommendations to address the persistent problem of racial profiling.

“Racial profiling is a daily reality with often deadly consequences for communities of color,” said Cornell William Brooks, NAACP president and CEO, at a press conference announcing the report during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. “We are releasing this report, ‘Born Suspect’ on the heels of the tragic death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, proving that the prevalence of racial profiling in everyday policing cannot be ignored.”

Present-day laws against racial profiling are insufficient in every state, according to NAACP standards. As the report highlights the need for more effective anti-profiling legislation, the association hopes that it can be used as a tool for social justice advocates across the country.

“As leaders of the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organizations, it is our goal to help end race-based discrimination,” said Barbara Boiling-Williams, chairman, Criminal Justice Committee, NAACP National Board of Directors. “‘Born Suspect’ highlights the work of the NAACP and its partners in fighting stop-and-frisk abuses in New York City, along with tools for advocates who want to take up the fight to eradicate racial profiling in their communities.”

Christina Sturdivant

Special to the AFRO