Yvesner Zamar, 2L, and Attorney General for The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), attended the hearings held by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) in support of the End Racial Profiling Act because NBLSA believes that justice cannot prevail through preying on racial disparities and stereotypes.
The hearing was held in response to the renewed interest by millions of Americans to address racial profiling as a result of the Florida shooting death of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012.
NBLSA, an organization of nearly 6,000 law students of color, is dedicated to supporting Sen. Durbin's effort to address racial profiling and outline proper methods for law enforcement.
Although over the years there have been numerous versions of this bill to end injustices due to racial profiling in America, NBLSA looks forward to working with the civil rights community as a result of the renewed attention resulting from Martin's tragic death to prevent a tragedy resulting from racial profiling from ever happening again.
"Racial profiling has proven to be an ineffective means of policing, with ramifications that plague the consciousness of many Americans daily," says Zamar. "NBLSA firmly believes that preying on the racial disparities and stereotypes of minorities has not and never will be the answer to the call."
As an organization, NBLSA will not stand idle allowing race to be a predictor of crime under any circumstances. While the passage of this law is not a cure-all, NBLSA believes it is a step in the direction of justice and equality. For that reason NBLSA stands firmly with the call to pass this bill in hopes of ending racial profiling, and establishing justice for all.