Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling

A Poem by Elton Camp

It's a fact of life for minorities.


Racial Profiling


By Elton Camp


A black man walks in a suburban neighborhood

That the police will be called will be understood

A young black woman is dressed extremely cute

So some will then assume that she’s a prostitute


When a Muslim man attempts an airplane to board

Angry glares and muttered words show he’s abhorred

A Mexican man in the USA often comes to feel grief

Because onlookers take him to be lazy or even a thief


By police, the racial profiling is ever so much bolder

Minorities are disproportionately pulled to the shoulder

Yet, I cannot declare my own self to be prejudice-free

A black man appears and I lock my car quick as can be



© 2011 Elton Camp

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Added on April 8, 2011
Last Updated on April 8, 2011
Tags: profiling, racism


Elton Camp
Elton Camp

Russellville, AL

I am retired from college teaching/administration and writing as a hobby. My only "publications" are a weekly column in our local newspaper. Most of my writing is prose, but I do produce some "poetr.. more..