Should we racially profile people?

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Should we racially profile people?
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    Should we racially profile people?

    My history teacher brought this up in class one day, and I thought it would be a good discussion topic. So the question is should we racially profile people?

    A good example is the shoe bomber attack that happened a little while back, as you know the bomb did not go off, but if it had do you think it could have been stopped if we had profiled them and searched them more than usual?



    Should we, or should we not and why.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    Yes, I believe in certain areas (e.g. airports and/or other high traffic locations), racial profiling should be involved.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    I seen on the news the other day that a mexican killed a girl near where i live, are all mexicans murderers? NO! Racial profiling is wrong and targets a certain group of people based on where they come from. I know many middle easterners, and many that also serve in the u.s. Military. So why should they be treated as if they are terrorists?
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    Stereotypes don't form for no reason.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    Im speaking strictly for america, the government can not racially profile people.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    strip search everyone problem sovled.

    race has no issue, imho, it boils down are were they are coming from, and it just so happens to be mostly of that same kind of people.

    people will always make a big dig out of race just to start a uproar.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    yes they can

    they do it with drug dealers all the time
    they do it as well with east indian people at airports and at borders.

    it does unfairly punish some ppl of that race, but it is just reasonable damage control.

    if you know that some race is more likely to do something illegal, than it just makes sense to search them more often than others who have been seen to be less likely to commit those crimes.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    It also has a lot to do with who the terrorist of time are. Of course today we're more inclined to racially profile Middle Eastern foreigners, but 70 years ago, you're suspects would have had blonde hair and blue eyes.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    most german people are not blonde with blue eyes

    i think you mean to say their suspects were japanese, hence the japanese internment camps
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    The government does not tell the security at the airport to look out for middle easterners. That is up to the individual security guard. Sure, they could have prejudices and stop every single one, but that is the security guard acting on his or her own free will. Not the government issuing a law saying every Indian has to be checked before boarding an airplane.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    "The Patriot Act used terrorism and national security as an excuse to make it legal to target Muslim communities.

    Since the attacks of 9/11, the word terrorist has been associated with Muslim, and the Patriot Act was made to stop “terrorists” from harming the US. Because of the Patriot Act, “Arabs, Arab Americans and Muslims were disproportionately subjected to a myriad of abuses including secret evidence, denial of due process, indefinite detentions, airline profiling, illegal wiretapping and surveillance."[29] The FBI and INS have arrested more than a thousand noncitizens which mostly happened to be Arab and/or Muslim even though they had no reason to arrest them."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_profiling#Legality
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    Does the patriot act say that only Muslims or Arabs can be targeted? NO. Anyone the government feels is a credible threat to our country can be targeted, anyone. You have zero proof, and will never be able to show proof, that the government racially profiles people.

    Hell, just think of all the stereotypes about African Americans, then look at our president.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    well, seeing as no proof they use racial profiling will ever be able to be shown, you win all the arguments

    seriously,
    "The Patriot Act used terrorism and national security as an excuse to make it legal to target Muslim communities."

    there is a lot of evidence of this out htere, but i dont think any amount would be good enough for you.

    as for stereotypes against black people, they are still have deep roots in americas structure.

    i rly dont konw what having a black president has to do with stereotypes against black people?
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    You know Wikipedia is a piss poor place to gather info from right?
    The government does NOT racially profile people. That is up to a specific person to do. If you went to the store and one employee was sitting there eating food from the shelve, does that mean the store told him to? No. And do not say my analogies don't compare, because they do.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    "If you went to the store and one employee was sitting there eating food from the shelve, does that mean the store told him to? No."

    i literally lol'd


    thanks for the laugh

    but... the analogies do not compare well.
    they do not compare well because profiling is something that actually makes their search more efficient, rather than something that is purely negligent.





    i am too lazy to dig out examples of institutionalized profiling, but wiki is an alright source for internet arguments.

    im not going to spend 30 mins researching to put my findings in front of someone with an incredibly ethnocentric view who would most likely dismiss them for no good reason anyway



    PS:
    i love how you tell me not to say it doesnt compare, like you knew ur analogy was weak.
    it reminds me of when people say: "now dont call me racist for saying this, but"
    you just know something contradictory is going to come out
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    yet, you instantly assumed I was talking about Germans. See what I mean?
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    No, because racial profiling is going off on race alone. Your race does not make you what you are. I am black, I do not want to be followed by the cops, because they believe I am a risk because of my skin color. It is irrelevant to my actions.

    I don't care about the results. Check the diaper bomber. He was black, he would not have been "randomly checked" to make sure he has bombs because you SHOULD NOT associate arabs with terrorism.

    It does mean that the store condones it, if they do not have any actions against it. It is a bad analogy.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    No, we shouldn't but this isn't a perfect world.


    Clearly if someone can't speak English and they are of Latino decent ( in this case Mexican ) then I can see the Arizona laws being plausible. ( The law in which a police officer has the right to ask for documentation. Also, a side note, this IS a federal law that wasn't being enforced beforehand. )

    Morally correct? No, Logically? Yes.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    I think subconciously we do. It wrong obv but where all human.
     
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    Should we racially profile people?

    it's more efficient to concentrate our time on a certain group of people who are statistically more likely to offend. as others have already said, not exactly the most moral thing but more logical.
     
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