Are We Exposed to Racial Profiling Everyday?

It is obvious that in todays society racism is alive and well.  Although many people do not particularly consider themselves to be racist, the ever growing inclination that a black man, in a black hoodie is seen as a potential criminal, is a stereotype that American society has tried to normalize.  In the political remix video, “The Unusual Suspects: Black Men in Black Hoodies” the creator of the video uses clips from multiple newsreels describing that a suspicious black man in a black hoodie is the top suspect of a crime. Many of the clips offer that this is a vague description of the so called “suspect”, however it is the only description that is given.  The video seems to argue the fact that we as Americans are often blindsided by this stereotype caused by racial profiling. The video is fast paced, with lots of repetition in order for the viewer to understand the magnitude of how often this racial profiling occurs within our country and how we as citizens and bystanders have become so numb to this profiling that we often don’t even recognize that it’s happening.  The video editor seems to be addressing this video to all Americans, in order for us to realize that this racial profiling needs to stop. By the end of the video you are exposed to an African American male attending Central Connecticut State University saying “If you see a black man and he has a hoodie on, he’s not necessarily a criminal.” Although the purpose for creating the video seems very apparent early on, this statement only reinforces the argument that the video editor is trying to propose in regards to racial profiling.  This to me seemed like a great way to end the video off strong, after the constant repetition of the phrase. The ending, which contradicts the phrase that is being said throughout the video intensifies it and almost shocks you as a viewer when you have become so used to the repetition. Overall, the video is effective and direct, getting right to the point and making it very clear what the intentions of the video are.