Sterling Ambivalence (sterlingnorth) wrote,
Sterling Ambivalence

And this is the reason racial profiling is bad.

It's good to hear the news that British police may have caught some suspects in the latest round of subway bombings. However, that doesn't lessen the terribleness of learning that the guy police shot and killed over the weekend was an innocent bystander -- at least in the concerns of terrorism. The man, whom the cops must have thought was a suspicious Muslim man was a Brazilian man. Two posts ago, I probably wasn't dismissive enough over the idea of racial profiling. If you thought I was for profiling, I'm not. I should know by now that my style of sarcasm doesn't come across through text.

But that horrible case of mistaken identity, nee assumptive identification is reason enough to pause and resist the urge to endorse racial profiling.
Tags: terrorism
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