Stand Up Against Racial Profiling in Alabama
  • Petitioned Alabama Governor

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Alabama Governor
Alabama State Senate
Alabama State House

Stand Up Against Racial Profiling in Alabama

    1. Sponsored by

      Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

In June 2011, the Alabama state legislature voted yes to approve an unconstitutional bill which legalizes racial profiling, judges people based on the color of their skin, and promotes a culture of hatred and fear. After widespread legislative support, Governor Bentley signed the bill and it has since become law.

From the day this law was passed farmers, construction managers, and other small business owners expressed their concern that pushing thousands of hard working immigrants out of the state would have serious ramifications on their ability to pick tomatoes, build homes and stay open for business. School children in Alabama have been confronted with questions about who they are based on the color of their skin.

Instead of marching backwards in time, Alabama should be looking towards a future that is inclusive and that recognizes and respects everyone--regardless of the color of their skin. This kind of discrimination and racial profiling should not be happening in America.

Urge Governor Bentley and the Alabama state legislature to repeal the hateful law immediately.

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    • Debra Thompson SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      It's time to stop discriminating on the issue of race, its been going on for far too long.

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    • Leslie Senior NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Racial profiling is simply a way to judge people by the color of their skin. This is racist, this is discrimination! This country -where it's supposed to be "...one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all" -should be what that pledge to our flag says. The flag is the symbol for America, and we as a people should strive to be united and non-discriminatory! This country was originally populated by American Indians, then - with immigrants. We are about diversity, and we should always strive to respect diversity and people who are different than we are. That should be the America that we are proud to live in!

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    • Mark Freeman MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      If this bill, and others like it, I feel we need to start a petition to remove the Statue of Liberty from our nation. No longer will thise beautiful words apply to our nation:

      "Give me your tired, your poor.

      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

      Send these, the tempest-tost, wretched refuse to my teaming shores.

      I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

      I love our "melting pot" patchwork quilt of a nation. It teaches all of us humility and acceptance of those who are "Different" than us.

      These bills are nothing more than legalisation of hate and bigotry.

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    • Mas Eleven CARPENTERSVILLE, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      What is this? Have people forgotten how America was founded? Yes, by immigrants seeking religious freedom. How bout Mexicans? They avoid getting their and their families' head chopped off. Do you know how bad it is in Mexico right now? Imagine coming to America, thinking finally that you are free to a country where anything is possible, when suddenly cops start asking you questions, you get arrested, and wait deportment. What is this BS? We are all humans, there is no race except the HUMAN RACE. Stop discriminating people just because they are a different color! Grow up already, God doesn't give a crap about being white or black or whatever. How the hell are you better than someone just because you were born PALER than someone else. What is this, Nazi Germany? Are these racist Americans going to become the new Nazis? Grow up, open your eyes. Americans aren't the best people in the universe, so stop acting that way! Be more humble, and that will ALWAYS. Get you far in life.

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    • David Greene COLLEGE STATION, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      FACT: All races of humanity have innate characteristics and traits that tend to be consistent throughout the race groups. This essentially means that there is some accuracy in racial prejudice when attempting to determine an individual's personality.

      MYTH: All races of humanity exhibit the innate characteristics and traits that tend to be consistent throughout the race groups. This essentially means that racial prejudice is an accurate form of determining an individual's personality.

      Please learn the difference. Racial discrimination is wrong and oftentimes grossly inaccurate. Yes, there is some truth to stereotypes, but that in no way means the individual you're prejudging fits said stereotype(s).

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