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Racial Profiling: Muslims
Transcript of Racial Profiling: Muslims
“We should profile Muslims, or anyone who looks like he or she could conceivably be Muslim, and we should be honest about it..." (Sam Harris)
"Remember that Impressions Count!
Smile and be pleasant -- airport personnel are doing their job to make travel safe for everyone. If you have an attitude or a chip on your shoulder, it will only give people a bad impression of Muslims. Be patient, and have a good trip!" (TSA)
"Either way, because the number of actual terrorists is so low, almost everyone selected by the profile will be innocent. This is called the “base rate fallacy,” and dooms any type of broad terrorist profiling, including the TSA’s behavioral profiling." (Bruce Schneler)
"In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, there was an apparent shift in the debate about racial profiling. After years of condemning the practice of racial profiling as one that violated civil rights, commentators began to accept and even advocate the practice as a necessary tactic to fight terrorism. Public opinion polls reflected a sudden approval of racial profiling as a sacrifice of civil liberties in order to achieve greater security. Arab- Americans, and those with Arab appearances, increasingly were singled out for questioning and security checks based on their skin color, clothing, name, or religious beliefs." (Deborah A. Ramirez)
"Starting shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, officers infiltrated Muslim communities and spied on hundreds or perhaps thousands of totally innocent Americans at mosques, colleges, and elsewhere." (Conor Friedersdorf)
•The authors note that "almost all our interviewees noted that appearing Muslim, or appearing to be a certain type of Muslim, invites unwanted attention or surveillance from law enforcement." Said one, "There's always been a sense of stereotyping about dress. But now the veil thing has become more than just about being different. It has become charged with suspicion."
Racial Profiling entails using a person's race as to ascertain ones' involvement in a criminal activity without putting into consideration the available evidence for tehe criminal case.
"Racial Profiling is law enforcement using race as a factor in conducting stops, searches, and other investigative procedures" (Bush 2001).
Any incident involving racial profiling with evidence of race is wrong an unjustified towards that person and race. However, towards Arab- Americans in post 9/11 that takes away any law of freedom they have in the U.S., and because of what occurred during 9/11 they have not been treated the same and will continue to be racially profiled by law enforcements as "terrorists".