Quote: Originally Posted by wallyj
Getting back to racial profiling. If my store is held up three times and it is all by crackheads,should I pay more attention to crackheads entering or treat them the same as that woman with the baby carriage? The crackheadsof course. Profiling is a tool no matter if it is the criteria is race,weight,height,dress etc.People who would treat all the same are deluding themselves and possibly killing innocent civilians. Maybe even ones that aren't white. What a tragedy that would be.
We all profile. Whether by race, religion, age or attitude we all do it. Is there a young white woman in the land that doesn't hold her purse tighter when passing by a group of young blacks in Toronto? Is there a homeowner who doesn't ignore the door when he's seen Jehovah's Witnesses canvassing the street? Is there a business owner who doesn't pay more attention as three kids enter his convenience store? Profiling is a product of human intelligence. Poopooing it is a product of cultural conditioning.
I think there is a difference between your examples and the case that is the subject of this thread. The difference is that paying extra attention to someone in your store does not pose any inconvenience to that person. If a person wants to keep a close eye on a teenager in their
store, that is their right. However, it is wrong for someone to be arrested and held in custody just because they are stereotyped by their race, age, religion etc. when someone else doing the exact same suspicious activity would not be arrested (I'm not saying that's what happened in this case).