22 August 2005

The Tool that is Racial Profiling

I don't know why I subscribe to the Salon.com newsletter ... in every instance they spew pablum that not only shows their ignorance to the dangers that our society faces but their insistence that you, the good citizen, remain a guilt ridden, blind clod.

Salon.com does offer a mind-numbing array of 'political correctness' articles that tell us that all we have to do is 'respect everyone' and 'understand' our enemies and everything will be a-O.K.

The article that I am referring to is Racial Profiling doesn't Work , is a case in point.

Last month, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a program to randomly search New York subway passengers after the London tube bombings, two city politicians called for racial profiling instead. They insisted that the enemy's faceis an easy one to spot and that authorities shouldn't waste time randomly searching, say, Norwegian grandmothers when the real threat comes from Middle Eastern and Asian men.

New York Assembly man Dov Hikind, a Democrat, plans to introduce a bill that would roll back anti-racial-profiling legislation and allow police to stop whomever they want to stop in their efforts to prevent terrorism. Councilman James Oddo, a Staten Island Republican, promises to introduce a similar resolution in the City Council.

Good!

Contrary to what the author thinks, racial profiling is another tool that law enforcement does find effective in fighting crime and, more importantly, catching terrorists. Police in the field consistently use racial profiling to catch criminals. When a black person is found walking down an alley in a predominantly white neighborhood at 3AM, an officer will ask himself, "Hmm....what's he doing here?" When an officer observes a white person driving through a predominantly black neighborhood at 3AM the officer will make the same comment to himself. From his experience, the officer knows that seeing a white man in a black neighborhood means that usually he's down there to buy drugs.

Where is the hue and cry from the media about this "outrage"?

Thereis no hue and cry because it is acceptable to discriminate against whites but not against "people of color." Sure it is a double standard. The point is not whether it is right or wrong. It is effective. If you as a person determine through your experience that a specific type of person consistently commit crimes, are you supposed to ignore your intuition, training and experience.

NO!

The police are out there putting their life on the line every day. Those same intuitions and experiences are there to save the officers' life. Since 9/11 a harsh and realistic approach to preventing terrorist attacks has had to be put in place - despite the mewlings of the ACLU and other 'civil rights' organizations. New York city has searched 7,000 people and had only 1 complaint. I think that the rational and common sense Citizen is finally taking back our beloved streets.

Profiling is just another tool and the liberal sensitivies to the process are what should be ignored.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course this comes at a time when the perils of racial profiling have been made abundantly clear both in London, where police shot an innocent Brazilian man because he "looked" like a terrorist. And in New York, where a group of Sikh tourists were handcuffed for...wearing turbins?

[signal to noise] said...

Of course this comes at a time when the perils of racial profiling have been made abundantly clear both in London, where police shot an innocent Brazilian man because he "looked" like a terrorist. And in New York, where a group of Sikh tourists were handcuffed for...wearing turbins?