CNN's Don Lemon had a discussion on whether white men should be profiled “in an attempt to prevent gun violence and decrease the amount of mass shootings. Lemon argues that white males between the ages of 18 and 25 were behind nearly all recent mass killings.”
For once, I agree with Mr. Lemon.
Israel profiles at airports, and it works. The Israelis have developed a sophisticated way to spot potential terrorists who might have designs on blowing up one of their airplanes. When’s the last time you heard of a plane being blown up in Israel? Anshel Pfeffer points out:
“To Israelis, the practice of picking people out based on racial stereotypes is so self-evident, there isn't even a Hebrew term for it. In the ongoing international debate over airport security, which has followed the failed attempt by Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a plane carrying himself and 289 others near Detroit, much attention has been paid to the methods used to screen passengers at airports.”
If some white teenager is approaching a school loaded to the teeth with who knows what, I think an armed security guard should assume that he wants to do harm. I’m OK with that.
The profiling should extend to Muslins and Blacks. We know that terrorist attacks are mostly done by Muslims. We know that most inner-city violence is done by blacks. In some cities it’s Hispanics.
What’s good for the white goose should be good for the black goose.
Profiling people is not a new idea. The Harvard Crimson reported on comments made by Ann Coulter after a series of attacks on American facilities and people by young Muslim males:
“She read a list of recent bombings in which Americans have died, arguing that those responsible—Islamic extremists—fit a definite pattern.
“‘They have all had the same eye color, hair color, skin color and half of them have been named Muhammad,’ she said. ‘This is not racial profiling; it’s a description of the suspect.’”
The APD Uniform Crime Reports state the following about crime statistics from April 2011 to April 2012 in the city of Atlanta:
“In Atlanta, African-Americans are 54 percent of the population, but are responsible for 100 percent of homicide, 95 percent of rape, 94 percent of robbery, 84 percent of aggravated assault, and 93 percent of burglary.”
Is Mr. Lemon willing to racially profile in inner cities where there are high numbers of young blacks like Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia?