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Letter: End racial, ethnic profiling

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A Sept. 30 letter to the editor titled “Justified fear” is yet another sad reminder of the ugly face of racial and ethnic profiling, which usually ends in the perpetrators being wrong — sometimes dead wrong.

The letter, referring to the incident of the Muslim student and the clock science project that got the young student arrested, stated that the president of the United States and the media believed that this was a racist act. The assertion that the teacher in no way acted inappropriately is ridiculous.

The letter adds: “We know that Islamic radicals arm their children with bombs to carry out extreme acts of violence and death.” That suggests that you are judged by your ethnicity, race and religion, and therefore should be treated accordingly.

By the writer’s logic, and by the race and age of many mass murderers, it could be argued that white families teach their sons to be racists and killers — and that would be wrong and ridiculous.

It makes me wonder where we would now be as a city, state and a nation if the pastor and parishioners of Mother Emanuel on June 17 had judged Dylan Roof with “justified fear.” He was a young white male, out of his element, alone at a black church on Wednesday night at prayer service. Had they questioned his motives, accused him of criminal intent and made him feel unwelcomed, one must wonder if they would still be alive today. But, that would have been profiling.

As far as we have come, racial and ethnic profiling is still alive, well and thriving. This letter is a chilling reminder of how far we have yet to go.

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