9.21.2010

Racial Profiling

I strongly believe in racial profiling. It is defined as the special treatment of of a race or culture based on stereotypes associated with it. Airport security is a fantastic example of where I think it should be considered standard protocol. A 65 year old Swiss grandmother is much less likely to hijack a plane than a young man of Muslim decent. Statistically speaking it just does not make sense to check each person with the same thoroughness. In an ideal world all people taking flights should be searched equally and as thoroughly as possible, but at this time many airports do not have the ability or resources to do this. If I were to be pulled out of the line for a more thorough examination I would be comforted to know that the airport security is doing its job. I have a mesomorphic build with shaved blond hair and blue eyes, which are traits commonly associated with that of the skin-head or neo-nazi movements. For all they know I could be on my way to ramming a plane into the worlds largest synagogue conveniently placed in New York city. It is ridiculous to ignore the previous facts on groups with a history of terrorist attacks and demand they all be treated equally in such a high risk setting. It is unfortunate that certain members of groups do this to other innocent of cultures and societies, but to ignore statistics and probabilities would be idiotic. Obviously racial profiling is not the answer to stopping terrorist attacks, but until we can place the same time of security as El-Al in every airport it may just have to do. That or America could change some of its foreign policies and behaviours to convince people that its not worth bombing anyway. But I'll save that for another post.

26 comments:

  1. yup! haha. If you have a counter argument to it I would gladly listen though haha.

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  2. Well, Interesting point of view!!! xD

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  3. If you guys ever want to have a discussion about a post feel free to start one up in the chat box at the top :] I'm always open to expanding on my ideas haha. And definitely open to correcting wrong ones

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  4. i think it helps, but it really sucks to be on the wrong side of it

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  5. I absolutely agree with you Gangrenous. Its not fair to all members of negatively stereotyped groups that are entirely innocent.

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  7. An interesting point of view, some good points here, will be following this blog closely.

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  8. I partly agree with you...but still there are differences in the slight majority of races.

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  9. gotta watch them 65 year old Swiss grandmothers...always highjacking planes and shit

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  10. i agree with what joshua said.,

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  11. Great blog, man!

    Hope you`ll check out mine as well.

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  12. I agree, we should remember to base our actions on statistics and not personal prejudices though.

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  13. Ah yes! great comment iceonnice, I'm sure a lot of us do that. And in a professional enviroment that could only hurt people.

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  14. People's opinions on this are making for interestign reading.

    I like this post.

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  15. yeah.. reading peoples comments are interesting..

    nice post dude, i look forward to your future ones :)

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  16. quite a nice way to view things... :)

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  17. You're opening a can of worms there, buddy. I guess you're being truthful to yourself.

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  18. haha yes I know I am, But the name of the blog is Donnybrook, and despite appearing as if it would be someones name, Donnybrook actually means to fight. I'm stating my opinions, and I would love for someone battle against me :] I could easily pick less controversial topics, I'm going to do a bit lighter subject for the next one, but after that I'm going to do same-sex marriages, and then capitol punishment haha.

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