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Has racial profiling increased since September 11th?

Has racial profiling increased since September 11 either at the airport or on the street? Do you find yourself looking suspiciously at people of certain races when you are on an airplane? What do you think of our government's policies on this matter? Share your thoughts.

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Yes and rightly so. We trained the hijackers, we educated them, we let them into the country and they used our resources to kill us. Why was it so easy for them to do this to us. It's our fault. We are either too lenient or much too lazy to protect our country and we are still letting them in and educating them.

Penny, Boston

Negative perception of U.S. in Arab countries? WHO CARES!!! Racial profiling at airports discriminating? WHO CARES!!! Wake up America.

jon , scituate,

Yes! I believe that racial profiling is taking place throughout the country now... actually, I believe that it always was. Now, however, there is simply more scrutiny being placed on men of Arab descent and it is much more odvious. How can the US improve it's reputation in the Arab nations and in the world in general? GET OUT OF ISRAEL! Let Israel fix the problems they created through their occupations. They made their bed... they should lay in it!

Marc, Boston-South End

Yes, I have seen descrimination against Arabs, along with those who might appear to be. I do believe profiling is being practiced at different places. I use to work in a department where an undercover security man, who was from the Middle East himself, literally told me that he would follow black and Hispanic people around just because of WHO they were. No, I don't feel it's justified to zero in on someone because of where they are from. I understand why, but I don't think it's right. I don't think we show Arab nations much respect for who they are in a lot ways. Maybe if we did, their perception of us might be improved. I wonder sometimes, also, if we come across to them as thinking that we're better than they are. If so, change that? That is a tough question.

Jan, Watertown

I have defiantly seen discrimination against Arabs since the Sept 11th, and I feel that it is absolutely justified and should continue. If a bunch of Irish terrorist did the attacks than I think we should profile Irish people, but it wasn't Irish people it was Arabs. The innocent Arabs should feel they have nothing to hide. I am also not sure that the perception of the United States will ever change in Arab nations, if we help them than they think we are putting are noses in places where we do not belong and if we leave them alone they ask how can the United States just sit back.

Lindsey, Amherst

Being someone of South Asian decent, and having what one might refer to as "Middle Eastern" features, I've had to deal with some discrimination in the days following the attacks. From a lady making a comment about "my kind" to people on the T staring at me the day the 19 photos of the terrorists were printed. You know, its funny - on the outside I might have looked like one of them, but inside, I was burning with rage and mourning the lost just like everyone else.

One of the good guys, Boston

Not enough!!!! We need to use every tool available to help stop all forms of crime. If that means taking a closer look at the people who are most likely to commit these crimes then so be it. The general safety of our nation is worth a lot more than the simple inconvenience of a few

Nick, Lowell

I absolutely believe racial profiling is justified. We are fooling ourselves if we think it is not. Is it a coincidence that every 9/11 terrorist was an Arab and continued reports of terror attacks (or attempted attacks) are all being done by Arabs. Frisking 3 year old children and 90 year old women at airports is a joke. We all look foolish by trying NOT to use racial profiling.

Mark, Cambridge

i hope so- if people at our airports prior to sept 11 had taken the approach favored by el al, which is profiling arab and/or "islamist" passengers and subjecting them to heavy scrutiny, sept 11 never would have happened. needless to say they have a perfect security record since instituting these policies years ago, and we have.....civil libertarians squawking about rights, after the largest incident of international terrorism EVER (Noam Chomsky's opinion not withstanding). And yet we frisk old ladies and U.S. Senators. foolish, and ultimatly dangerous.


No, but it should.

Skippy, Marlborough

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