Actress Daniele Watts was accused of prostitution this weekend after kissing her husband. A Lost Angeles Police Officer assumed she was a prostitute because she, a Black woman, kissed her husband, a White man, in public. In the meantime, law enforcement agencies are still trying to figure out how and why Michael yBrown was shot and killed. Even now, nearly six years after his inauguration, people still can’t stop talking about President Obama’s race.
Our society is fraught with racial tensions, bigotry and everything in between. What are our lawmakers doing to help? First introduced in 2001 by Sen. Russell Feingold (D. Wisc) and Rep. Jon Coners (D. Mich), the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) has been both popularized and unreasonably shot down in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. So it is no surprise that in the wake of recent tragedies that people are once more pushing for its passage. But will it finally come to be? Or will it once again succumb as a piece of legislation that is forever wanted but never actualized? (more…)