Thursday, August 11, 2005

To profile or not to profile

RealClear Politics relates an unsettling series of events on the airplane that was diverted to Boston a while back. At the end, the post asks, rhetorically, whether the flight attendants did the right thing or were they guilty of impermissible "racial profiling." It's a question frequently asked, but it's the wrong question. The right question is "does profiling work"?

It may not always work. It's not unthinkable that there might be a yellow haired, blue eyed terrorist. Therefore, it may be dangerous to assume that only dark skinned young men from the middle east pose a danger. But I never want fear of being accused of racism to cause a flight attendant or anyone else to hesitate before doing whatever is necessary to save my lily white ass from being blown up.

Whether or not profiling is permitted should be decided solely on a determination of what is in the best interest of my safety and not in the interest of preserving anyone's sensitivity.

Heather McDonald adds perspective. (HT Michelle Malkin)

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