Racial Profiling

Everyday Inequality

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

In the United States, racial profiling affects thousands of Americans every day. Both individuals and institutions—such as law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and schools—routinely use race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of an offense.

The high-profile deaths of unarmed people of color at the hands of police officers have brought renewed national attention to racial profiling and have inspired grassroots activism from groups such as Black Lives Matter. Combining rigorous research with powerful personal stories, this insightful title explores the history, the many manifestations, and the consequences of this form of social injustice.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Publication Date 2017-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN051180, YAN052000, YAN031000
Dewey 363.2/308900973
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1310
ATOS Reading Level 9.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 188530
Accelerated Reader® Points 7.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents

Author: Alison Marie Behnke

Alison Marie Behnke is a writer and editor. She has written about a wide range of topics, including immigration, world and cultural geography, ethnic cuisines, American and European history, biographies, and fashion. She lives in Minneapolis.


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  • 2018 In the Margins Book Awards Social Justice Advocacy List, Short-listed, 2018
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2018


School Library Journal

“Complex concepts . . . are unpacked with a balance of sensitivity and boldness. This unflinching exploration . . . [is] a mandatory addition to teen collections for discussions on inequality and social justice.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“A courageous historical examination of one of the most critical civil rights issues of our time.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews


“This is a balanced introduction to a sometimes controversial and often emotional subject and should serve report writers well.”—Booklist