Target: Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington D.C. Muriel Bowser
Goal: Stop the injustices associated with racial profiling.
A black teenager has become the subject of racial profiling. The Washington Post recently featured a story about Jason Goolsby, a black teenager who has recently been subjected to an unfortunate, yet all too common, incident of racial profiling. Goolsby was standing outside of a bank on a street in Washington D.C. when he opened the door for a woman pushing a baby stroller. Just moments later, police cars sped towards him. The police then handled and treated him with aggression and force. Goolsby does not deserve this treatment. We must make a stand and demand that the the D.C. Mayor step up and take action to end racial profiling.
Racial profiling is a huge issue among police enforcement in our country. Goolsby’s mistreatment is an unfortunate event that should never happen. He claims that one car came extremely close to hitting him so he fled. Three blocks away, officers accosted him and handcuffed him. The officers allegedly told Goolsby that the white woman had called the authorities because she felt “uncomfortable.”
Goolsby has expressed anger saying that “he and his friends were seen as a threat simply because they are black.” Goolsby deserves to see justice. This is why it is necessary for D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser, to take a stand against racial profiling by educating the public, criticizing the response of authorities, encouraging further training for these scenarios, and implementing a strict punishment for officers guilty of racial profiling.
Dear Mayor Bowser,
Racial profiling is a serious issue. Jason Goolsby, a victim of racial profiling, endured harsh treatment by authorities. I demand that you address this critical problem.
Goolsby was thrown on the ground, never read his rights, and was never given an apology from the officers. Goolsby was essentially racially profiled for withdrawing money from an ATM. Police said in a statement that the 911 call was a report claiming that suspicious people were trying to rob someone at an ATM. Later, Goolsby discovered that when he held the door open to the bank for a white woman, she felt “uncomfortable” and made a 911 call.
Erika Totten, a former teacher of Goolsby’s said, “If you’re black, you’re an automatic threat. That’s the reality of the world we live in and it’s supported by the justice system.” It is crucial that politicians address institutional racism and racial profiling. I urge you to please encourage further officer training and implement strict punishments for officers found guilty of racial profiling. Be the change and end racial profiling.
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