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Originally posted by Crakeur
I've mentioned this before but it seems to fit the thread.
prior to 9/11 (years earlier) there was a rash of carjackings near the Miami Int'l airport. Many of the carjackings led to murder. The local cops started stopping anyone that fit the description of the perpetrators of these crimes. The description? Young black male.
The african american community was up in arms about it. Racial profiling at its worst they said.
60 minutes ran a story on the racial profiling and they interviewed local and national african american leaders.
In the months after 9/11 there was a rash of issues where middle eastern looking men were asked to leave flights because the other passengers were scared and security at the airports was singling out middle eastern men. The arab american community was up in arms. Racial profiling they said.
60 minutes ran another story. This time they focused on the current racial profiling issue but they also interviewed many of the african american leaders who cried foul years earlier. Every single one of the men and women interviewed said the same thing. It was ok. They understood it now.
Is it wrong? yes. Is it a bit more realistic and effective? Probably. Let's be honest, grandma is probably not going to hijack or blow up a plane. The truth is, a middle eastern man is, to be blunt, more of a threat.
The only reason grandma is searched is to placate the people crying foul.