Election 2020 Politics

Black officers say CBP forced them to profile. A study in one state backs them up.

The agency’s color consciousness bolsters its “blatant racial profiling,” according to the ACLU. A 2015 CBP chart printed in the report has 13 categories of skin color, listed alphabetically from albino to yellow. “Tellingly,” the report says, “more than 96% of those apprehended” were identified as “Black,” “Dark Brown,” “Dark,” “Light Brown,” “Medium Brown,” “Medium,” or “Yellow.” Among those stopped by roving patrols and transit checks, the discrepancy was even sharper, with only 1.5 percent of those cases involving a “Light” complexion person. The remaining 98 percent had “Medium” or “Medium Brown” complexion.

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