Racial profiling is when authority figures assume that people who are of a certain race or color are more likely to commit certain crimes or engage in a certain behaviour. For example, when cops stop black kids in the metro because they assume that they are selling drugs, when teachers in schools do not help brown kids because they assume that they will drop out, or when people assume that because you are an Arab Muslim, you are a terrorist. Some people think that racial profiling helps maintain security but it actually creates insecurity and racial tension. Just because people are of the same race doesn’t mean that they all do the same things. All people, regardless of their race, can be criminals and all people, regardless of their race, can choose not to break the law. Racial profiling is just plain racism.