Originally posted by Susy K
...And yes, searching EVERYONE would be nice. EVERYONE. But searching a 2 year old and NOT searching a Middle Eastern descendent for fear of "offending" him isn't right, either, IMHO.
(that includes infants, children, & the elderly) must be searched in these trying days & time for the examples I'd stated above...i.e.
...children were used as walking bombs in the Vietnam War... - Moe
It's unfortunate that we live in such a dangerous & untrusting world...we all must "LISTEN"
to & not just "HEAR"
the other person's point of view in order to "UNDERSTAND"
what is being "SAID"
...only then can we start to communicate in order to solve some of these problems that pleague the world.
Susy, my previous post was also IMHO & not a personal attack on you...I just wanted you to see the importance where everyone must be search in the air ports & such...we don't know all of the facts & circumstances as to the procedures at that or any other air port which suggest or alleged that this Middle Eastern man wasn't checked while the two year old was...he may have been checked at another point or he may have been under strick surveillance as many are being profiled or he could even have been an US Air Marshal (which would explain the staff not searching him)...in any case, we don't know for sure that he wasn't search so not to "offend"
him & to get all rallied-up over something we have no direct proof or knowlege of this one case is a waste of time & energy. You should expect some opposing views regarding the issue of racial profiling as this is sure to be a hot & sore topic for some though!!!
Now I feel that I really must be honest about just how this thread has made me feel...if my feelings seem extreme or if they infer a sharp point of view, then I must apologize in advance.
It's easy to point a finger at someone else when it's not our selves being racially profiled...but just let it happen to you or someone dear to you & you'll see what's like to walk into stores & have people watch you on monitors & follow you around until you've made your purchase(s) & leave...or look at you as if you don't belong there at all. You really must walk a mile or two in someone else's shoes to fully understand their plight. I, as a Native/Afro-American female have experienced various kinds of profiling acts against me, my family, & friends. So forgive me because I do take offense on the matter of racial profiling.
In the state of New Jersey, Afro-Americans have been profiled on the state's highways for years...& the issue came to a head when a van full of black youths was shot upon, just because they "might be dangerous". They didn't have any weapons what so ever but was fired upon just the same...the case have been in & out of courts now & there have been some changes in the NJ State Troopers' policies & procedures on traffic stops. In another case in New York, an Jamaican desent man was standing in his doorway & was told to put his hands up...unfortunately, he was holding a cell phone at the time & the police officers shoot him 41
times...they killed him like a mad dog because he was black & they were afraid that he "might" of had a gun...& the really sad thing is the fact that those officers had the wrong man...but they were acquited from any wrong doing anyway...if a white man was shot down 41 times like an animal by any black officers, they would've gone to prision, no questions asked...there would be no aquitals for them - that would just never happen...never. In the past, black soldiers were sent over seas to fight the injustices of both WWI & WWII but returned to Jim Crowe laws in the south...the branches of the services wasn't desegregated until 1945, after WWII...before then, only white soldiers were trained & fought side-by-side...everyone else was trained & fought according to their individual race. I've only given you three out of hundreds of examples of these kinds of actions being taken against people of different race/religions down through the years in good ole America. This country has come a long way since then & it still has a long way to go...let's not go backwards by re-installing racial profiling...please.
So if I sound bitter it is because I am...again, I apologize for it seems that when this thread was started, IMO, it was done so to get people rallied-up against those so called "(d) Male Middle Eastern Muslim Extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40" & their families with no specific point except to poke fun, insteel hate, &/or to rally people behind racial profiling...which really leaves me with a bitter taste in my mouth.
Racial profiling doesn't belong anywhere in America nor does racism belong anywhere on these BBs either. It was only when Furball spoke about what had happened to her neice is when you, Susy, proclaim your reason for starting this thread...but I didn't see any example of this kind in our original post except for wanting random searches of little kids & 80 year old women to stop & to have racial profiling to start. That's why a few posters have stated that it's wrong to profile based on religion/race...you have to have probable cause to become a suspect, get searched with a warrent issued by a judge, be interviewed with legeal representation for an alleged crime (that's already committed)....random searches in the air ports, bus, & train stations must continue for everyone's safety prior to any crimes being committed.
You said that the information was presented to you by someone else & that you wanted to share it... but surely you had to have seen where it would be offensive to some...& perhaps that was your intention...I don't know...only you & God know the truth. I find it hard to believe that you would or could be that mean spirited or naive...if you go-on to play the "I didn't know" card would be insulting to say the least...I really hope that your intentions weren't to do this so I suggest before starting any new thread or making any further posts which could be inflammatory or become misunderstood, you should run it by your family memebers (spouse, parents, grandparents, in-laws, or aunts/uncles) & fellow peers (co-workers, friends, classmates, instructors, supervisors, or religious leaders) first...just to get their reactions...JMO & friendly advise - Moe