We all know about racial profiling. It's a phrase that suggests a person or group might commit a crime
or act predictably because of racial or ethnic appearance. The practice generally points to non white individuals. Another way of describing it is that it's a shortcut around suspecting everyone of bad intent and narrowing the probability of possible offenders to those that look a certain way. Most citizens on the persecuted end of this feel it's unfair and that it subjects them to unfair scrutiny and it does.

Like nearly any controversial subject, there are passionate arguements to be made on either side of the issue. Is it wrong to suspect that a serial killer is a 25 to 40 year old white male because most past serial killer crimes were commited by 25 to 40 year old white males? If I'm a white male between 25 and 40 years old and reside where serial killings are being commited, should I be angry if I'm profiled as a possible suspect. I do know it's law enforcements' job to prevent crime or find who's guilty for commiting a crime that's already occurred or is being committed.

Racial profiling became particularly controversial toward the end of the 20th century in our country. It seems that our society, being a staunch supporter of recognized human rights is what fuels the fight against the practice of "Profiling".

The ACLU's campaign against racial profiling is well known and they support rights of a wide variety of constituents, benefactors, clients, or however you choose to characterize these helped recipients. They vary from legitimate causes like racial profiling to issues I don't even feel like mentioning, let alone discussing. The ACLU is an extremely controversial organisation in many ways but that's not intended to be the topic of conversation here.

Santa Clara University website (http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/ethicalperspectives/profiling.html)
states:
"Recent surveys indicate that 66% of whites and 71% of African-Americans support the ethnic profiling of people who look to be of middle-eastern descent."
The Israeli airline El Al has a policy of singling out young Arabs for extensive search procedures, but is quick to point out that, in spite of ongoing war in the middle east, it has not had a hijacking in over thirty years. Col. Richard Gephardt has said of post-September 11th America that, "We're in a new world where we have to rebalance freedom and security."

With an estimated population of 1.9 million Muslims residing in the United States, concerns are universally shared between all American races including Muslims as the terrorists witll target anyone.
This is the dark side of Islam, which uses violence and terrorism intended to overthrow any group of individuals outside their circle of extremists. This section of Muslims cast aspersions upon good willed Muslims everywhere and that's truly unfortunate.

Maybe technology at some point will be able to single out criminal perpetrators by remote brainwave scans! Who knows?