I’ve been reading, “Obama’s black cabinet heads spar over racial profiling ban” and find it quite amusing in a sarcastic sense. The following is example of the discussion going on up there in Washington, DC.
The new guidelines expand the definition of racial profiling to include religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Most federal agents can’t consider any of those factors, as well as race, during criminal investigations or routine immigration cases away from the border.
As this profiling discussion takes place, I guess these men forgot to take a look at themselves and what has transpired in Ferguson and New York. Is it not true that investigations are taking place by the federal government because “white” officers, in the line of duty, killed black suspects and were then not indicted by the Grand Jury ? Would the investigations be taking place or would Al Sharpton and Eric Holder have shown up had it been a black officer or white suspect under the same circumstances?
President Obama and Eric Holder best look in the mirror. They seem to be regulars when it comes to profiling. It’s white so it must be guilty of racism and denial of civil rights.
The short of the opinion is…
No one may consider race, unless it is the president and attorney general and/or their staff. They, it appears, may profile and immediately look to make the “white” guy the villain and a racist to boot. The “white” officer could not have simply been doing his job and trying to effect the arrest of a suspect, who happened to be black. No, it calls for an investigation to determine if that “white” officer was guilty of civil rights violations or some other federal crime.
Seems quite ironic that the attorney general can readily profile and proceed based upon those preconceived notions about all “white” folk and police officers, but it’s wrong for everyone else. Does he, the president and others, not get that they themselves actually profile and in doing so are causing grave injustice and devastating harm?
It looks as though these DC Profilers need to look in the mirror and think of how many times they profile. How many times do they make judgments based upon their perception, rather than the facts? Maybe they really need to do a soul searching before judging others and making guidelines that could hinder, rather than help. And just maybe they shouldn’t exempt themselves from the rules and behavior they want to force upon others. Maybe, of all people, they — the DC Profilers — shouldn’t be exempt after all!