On Monday, the Obama Administration unveiled updated guidance on how federal law enforcement should address racial profiling. Rather than discarding the ineffective practice, the new guidance issued by the Department of Justice gives profiling a new lease on life.
The new guidance opens by saying that profiling is wrong, yet proceeds to outline when it is appropriate for law enforcement officials to profile Americans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For instance, it continues to enable the Transportation Security Administration to profile and single out travelers on the basis of stereotypes.
As an American Sikh who wears a turban and who has been subjected to extensive and consistent racial profiling, I find this deeply troubling.
Our government’s decision to continue practicing racial profiling is misguided and morally wrong, and, most importantly, it threatens the security of our nation far more than…
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