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RTOD – Racial Profiling

Posted by Chanelle Schneider on August 1, 2009

When will it end? In 1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air tackled the issue of racial profiling in the episode entitled “Mistaken Identity”. This episode is, sadly, still relevant today in light of the recent case with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Especially relevant is the difference between the reactions of Carlton and Will who are from differing spheres of influence regarding class, which impacts their own view of race relations.

Here are the first two parts if you would like more background on the episode.

In an episode of Family Matters Eddie Winslow is upset because he believes he was profiled. His father, a police officer, approaches the cops who stopped his son. One officer in particular is clearly agitated at being accused and says, “Come on. Give me a break. It’s dark. It’s a black guy.”

The relevant portion begins at 5:00.

Here are the other parts if you would like more background on the episode.

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