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Deval Patrick Wants Tougher Racial Profiling Law to Support Trayvon

| On 29, Mar 2012

The nation's only Black governor, Deval Patrick, is taking a vocal stand against racial profiling. (Photo credit unknown)

The Trayvon Martin case out of Sanford, Florida continues to dominate headlines and capture attention across the country.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick is urging state lawmakers to crack down on racial profiling by passing a bill that has languished with inaction for years. He wants the measure to prevent people from being targeted by police simply because of the color of their skin.

“I think that here in Massachusetts, if folks want to do something to honor this tragedy and to respond, the one thing they could do is take up the racial profiling proposal alongside the seat belt law we’ve been talking about a long time around here. Let’s get that passed. That’d be a great tribute,” the governor said on Wednesday.

I’ve never been to the state of Massachusetts. But, from what I hear, they could use some help in easing racial tensions and cutting back the threat of profiling.

The racial profiling component is not only in response to Martin’s tragedy, but a necessary addition to the seat belt law. If police are able to pull people over just for not wearing a seat belt, some feel that racial profiling will occur. The governor wants to make sure that the practice is explicitly outlawed.

Now is as good a time as ever to address the realities of what people of color deal with in relation to the police. It makes sense to me.

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