Originally Posted by SDW2001
The real question is: When will it begin?
. These people were not racially profiled. They were overheard talking about airport security. And yes, that--along their obviously muslim appearance and dress--added up to a misunderstanding. Can you blame the passengers? Did the FBI do something wrong? If you saw a group of muslims talking about airport security on your plane, you wouldn't report it immediately?
Of course, we should
be taking appearance into consideration. Young muslim men should be paid more attention to, because that's who attacked us (unless you're sammi jo, that is...then it was a Bush conspiracy).
Talking about the safest place to sit on a plane does not equal "talking about airport security", and a muslim family does not equal "young muslim men."
So, yes, they were profiled, since their sole indiscretion was "being muslim."
So what you really want to say is that being muslim is sufficiently suspicious enough to warrant being pulled off an airplane and refused another flight, even after the FBI clears you, which is a fucking bit more than a "misunderstanding."
This kind of causal shifting of terms is exactly where the problem lies; a reasonable response to the threat of terrorism in a nominally free society requires more, not less, precision. It's the same kind of self-defeating logic that turns everyone that would oppose our foreign entanglements into "terrorists."
Allowing Muslim folks to get herded about every time some random asshole gets spooked doesn't make air travel safer. It's as simple as that. The only way this makes sense is if you figure the rights of Muslim people are trumped by the need to assuage the fear of any given group of "normal Americans." This is antithetical to the entire idea of normative civil liberties and equality under the law, which of course makes it attractive to the kind of self professed patriots who despise those things.
If "assuaging fear" is the standard, then we could reasonably deny young black men entry into places of business, if it makes the nice white lady nervous. You, SDW, could of course cite the incidence of violent crime among young black men, and sagely observe that therefore throwing a black family out of Target because they were overheard talking about a robbery would in no way constitute racial profiling, because it's not profiling if the people being scrutinized can fairly be described as collectively bad.