Apparently a couple of people were kicked off a plane in the USA because they were speaking Arabic. And thus rises the spectre of racial profiling.
And as usual the comments of “They should Speak English! This is America! You shouldn’t speak foreign languages here” abound around this story. And it pains me to remind Americans that English is a foreign language in the USA.
There are other arguments defending the usage of racial profiling and I repeat this. It’s okay to racially profile people if and only if you accept it for yourselves.
1. Every Single person who has run amok in the USA has invariably been “White and Male”. When are we going to ban white people from owning guns?
2. The people who fucked up the economy? Mainly white guys. I say all white people should be regularly audited to make sure they aren’t breaking the system.
3. Serial killers? How many of them are white?
But that’s stupid right? The very notion of that just sounds moronic.
Yet we still use this principle to determine who flies and who doesn’t.
The world’s most effective terrorists never killed a single person. They instead created so much fear by their non-actions or self harming actions that they changed the way airports will always operate.
The Glasgow attackers sole injury to anyone was to a man who got hurt attacking them. He kicked one of them so hard that he broke his own foot.. However? Because of that it became harder to push your suitcases to the airport. We began to see people bringing more small suitcases to wheel through the parking lot rather than larger “trunk” style suitcases.
The Liquid bombers? They were caught and their “attack” probably may not have worked out. They however cost the world economy $175 million in just delays. In addition the restrictions for flying with fluids still hold forcing people to buy comically sized “containers” while travelling.
The Shoe Bomber? Failed to detonate but caused millions in delayed flights and millions in extra security every single year including the extra wait for international flights.
And they came from so many backgrounds. Hell the Shoe Bomber went by Richard Reid. He dodged past every single “profile” of such attackers. There are “white” radical muslims out there. Let’s not create a system with a massive flaw.
Keep calm, we don’t know who is responsible. Let’s find out and punish them rather than people who happen to look like them.