racial profiling

Racial profiling is the practice of targeting particular people because of their ethnic background or race. A profile is an outline of a face. Racial profiling is judging someone based only on an outline — the person’s race.

Racial profiling is a form of institutional racism. Sometimes police officers, security workers, and other law enforcement officials are accused of racial profiling. When a driver is stopped and searched solely because of her skin color, that's racial profiling. And when a passenger is asked to leave an airplane because the hijab she's wearing makes other passengers nervous, that's also racial profiling.

Definitions of racial profiling
  1. noun
    a form of racism consisting of the (alleged) policy of policemen who stop and search vehicles driven by persons belonging to particular racial groups
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    type of:
    racial discrimination, racialism, racism
    discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race
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