Professor Natalie Oliveri
Racial profiling Final draft
“Should the U.S government use racial profiling in the war against terrorism?”
In today’s society, the issue of terrorism is not just a concern for some countries such as America or some Arabic countries but for all countries, and it is becoming more important that protecting own country from terrorism. Everyone probably remember the September 11 terror, which is one of the biggest attacks in recent few decades. Because of that the U.S government pays more attention to protect the country from terrorist attacks. In the process of preventing terrorism, the U.S. government focuses more on Arabic people, who committed the 9/11 attack, to find terrorists than other types of people. Some people strenuously insist that racial profiling is necessary to find and catch terrorists. However, it is not essential to prevent terrorism because racial profiling has uncertainty in it, and there are more important characteristics that should be considered to find terrorists. Moreover, the racial profiling is violation of the individual’s right which has to be protected even if somehow the racial profiling works.
Some people strongly support the idea of racial profiling and insist that it is effective and helpful to anti-terrorism. They believe that some tactics are not really racial profiling. The search for specific suspects is not racial profiling, but the search for people who belong to a general category is profiling (Clegg, Profiling Terrorist). In other words, it is not a problem if the police set standards to classify among terrorists’ characteristics including ethnic group, religion or age and apply those specific elements to find terrorists. John Ibbitson says the racial profiling is both necessary and desirable (“Why racial profiling is a good idea”). On the day of the 9/11 attacks, the guy whose name is strange and has dark skin persisted in taking flying lessons would have...
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