Racial Profiling

A letter to Congress to address the House’s passing of legislation that will make profiling illegal:

According to the Congressional Research Service, profiling is defined “as
the practice of targeting individuals for police or security interdiction,
detention or other disparate treatment based primarily on their race or
ethnicity [or religion], in the belief that certain minority groups are more
likely to engage in unlawful behavior.”

Well, the fact is that certain minority groups ARE more likely to engage in
unlawful behavior.  Look at statistics.  It is simply common sense to
acknowledge this fact.  It is foolishness to deny it.  When certain minority
groups stop doing the majority of the crimes, then it will be appropriate to
stop profiling. 

While profiling based on race, religion or ethnicity is not guaranteed to be
100% effective law enforcement (Timothy McVeigh and John Walker Lindh, both white males, would not be identified), the majority of people committing
crimes WOULD fall into one of the profiled catagories.  How can you deny
this to be true?  Your first instinct might be to call me racist, but is
anything I’m saying not factually true?  And is it racist to call something
what it is?  Let’s get a grip on our thought processes here and use facts
instead of feelings to make policy decisions.  Look at the way the world is
today, the problems we have now that we didn’t used to have, and deal with
them in an intelligent way.  Maybe there are things we don’t want to do that
are just necessary now.  This is important stuff, lives depend on it.  The
right choice might be a tough one, it might be an unpopular one, but that
doesn’t make it less right. 

The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the right to be safe from unreasonable search and seizure without probable cause. Perhaps what needs to be addressed is the definition of what is “unreasonable”
today under the current circumstances. 

It’s a fact that the majority of terrorist activity in the world today is done by Arab-looking males between the ages of 18 and 40.  It is nothing less than incompetence to ignore this fact.  Another thing to consider; what are gangsters and gang members known for?  Charity work?  I don’t think so.
That is another very specific look, and to not suspect people who insist on
adopting that look is just plain stupid.  When a guy who looks like he might
put a gun in your face actually puts a gun in your face because you ignored
common sense and didn’t keep a distance between you and him, will you still say profiling is wrong?   Will you not learn from that lesson, assuming you’re still alive, and do some intelligent profiling next time you’re in that situation?

Profiling works.  To outlaw it so we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings shows a
complete lack of common sense and an inability to act intelligently.

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