What most white men don’t realize is that racial profiling exists to a great degree at any city or state in America; that’s because white men are pre-dominantly in charge of most police departments and ill-equiped to tackle race issues. Larry Sykes recently lamented about police profiling after getting stopped for what amounts to being a confusing license plate.
Toledo police conducted an investigation and found Sykes’ claim unfounded. But racial profiling isn’t so cut and dry as online commentators suggest. Some have called Sykes a racist. First of all, by definition, only white men and women can be classified as racist in America.
A principle part of racism is the power component. Sykes does not fit the classic definition of racist, because he functions in a white male dominated society; moreover, the police officers in question were white as well. Technically, Sykes can be a lot of things: a bigot, biased, discriminatory. But he isn’t racist. When I read such bold claims, I think about how far Toledo has to go as a community in terms of race relations
To say racial profiling doesn’t exist in Northwest Ohio is a logical fallacy. If you listen to a minority, specifically young black men and young latino men, everyone of them will say the same thing: police profiling exists in Toledo and has for years.