A guest blog entry by Nathan Kraus (student, guitarist, world citizen)
In common life problems are solved with problem solving and communication. A major problem in social justice today is Police profiling. Police profiling is finding certain individuals or categorizing individuals into what seems to be “a bad profile”. For many individuals profiling seems unjust, and it is in the communication between the citizen and the officer that is the problem.
Living in a town with the only trouble seeming to be rowdy high school students and petty theft, officers of the law have nothing better to do than profile teenagers. When I was sixteen I was followed by an undercover squad car from one side of town to the other. I was finally pulled over a quarter mile from my home and the officer asked me to step out of the car.
I was searched and my vehicle was searched.
I didn’t even get a reason why I had been pulled over or why my car should be searched. After all was said and done the officer let me go with no charges. I finally asked why I had been pulled over and the officer searched for an idea and pointed to my air freshener. I knew it was because I was a high school student supposedly up to no good.
This is an example of mis-communication being unjust. I wasn’t even questioned or talked to before my car had been searched. This is a simple example of how officers in my town are unjust to the teen age population. This profiling can feel completely unjust when you really have no word to speak. I feel teens should learn their rights so they can than further themselves in communication with the law.
Simply improving the ability to use communication for social justice, because after all it is only through communication that we can have true social justice.