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Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
A Portuguese-born U.S. citizen is taken off of a plane because he happens to be sitting next to two loud Israelis. An eight-year-old boy watches as his Boy Scout derby car is taken apart at an airport because his name is Omar. These stories, and the description of a security experience written in the second person, make the topic of racial profiling personal from the very first pages of the text. Part of the "Essential Viewpoints" series, Racial Profiling includes a historical perspective that addresses slavery, communist raids during the "Red Scare," and the Japanese internment during Word War II. This inclusion encourages readers to consider how current actions will appear to history. The balance between national security and individual freedom is central to the conflict over racial profiling. This book presents both sides of the issue fairly and quotes well respected sources with reasonable support for their opinions. The arguments have changed significantly since September 11, 2001. The terrorist attacks altered both the race being profiled and the potential consequences of letting a criminal slip past detection. The differences between the racial profiling in law enforcement during peacetime and in national security during a time of war are explained with clear examples. Sufficient evidence is given for the reader to develop a well informed opinion, yet the personal importance and the clarity of the presentation will encourage readers to shape their opinion seriously. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This timely book covers racial profiling as practiced in the United States since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, when it has come to center on young men of Middle Eastern extraction. It provides background by discussing the profiling of immigrants during the so-called Red Scare of the early 1900s and the internment of hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II. Orr presents arguments for and against the practice in focused, clearly written essays that will help students become informed. The selections discuss how racial profiling is done, its history in this country, why it does or does not work, and why it is or is not needed. The various chapters are well laid out, and the arguments are nicely paced, utilizing quotes from experts on terrorism and lawyers, legislators, and those charged with U.S. security. There are plenty of color photographs. This book will enhance most collections.—Carol Jones Collins, Hanover Park High School, East Hanover, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604535358
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Essential Viewpoints Series: Set 4
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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