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Influence of Race/Ethnicity on the Perceived Prevalence and Support for Racial Profiling at Airports

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Policy Review Volume: 20 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2009 Pages: 344-358
Shaun L. Gabbidon; Everette B. Penn; Kareem L. Jordan; George E. Higgins
Date Published
September 2009
15 pages
This research examined public opinion on citizens' views concerning airport racial profiling.
Research showed support for two hypotheses related to whether citizens viewed racial profiling at airports as being widespread and or justified. Sixty percent of the respondents felt that airport racial profiling (ARP) was widespread. In addition, nearly a quarter of the respondents supported the practice of ARP. African-Americans were more likely than Whites to believe profiling at airports was widespread, and racial and ethnic minorities were less likely than Whites to believe that profiling at airports was justified. These research findings support future research to better understand public opinion on security measures being taken to prevent terrorism. Racial profiling is defined as the targeting of citizens, based on their race or ethnicity. Building on past public opinion research on racial and ethnic profiling, this study examined public opinion on citizens' views concerning ARP. A recent Gallup poll allowed for analyses of the perceptions of African-Americans, Hispanics, and Whites concerning whether they felt racial profiling at airports was widespread and/or justified. Tables, notes, and references