According to the Encarta Dictionary, Racial Profiling is the assumption of criminality among ethnic groups without probable cause. Since the September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center, racial profiling has been the temporary tactic used to stop terrorism. After more than ten years since implementing this practice, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made little progress. Some American citizens are still skeptical of Middle Eastern and Muslim people even though TSA has caught no terrorists through racial profiling. Although racial profiling has the potential to catch terrorists, it should not be used because racial profiling can justify terrorist acts, it will not improve airport and airline security, and
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He recalls the, “Trade Center Car Bomb, September 11, and several unsuccessful conspiracies in between” (527). He is stating a fallacy; it is faulty generalization to assume all terrorist acts come from the Middle East. Fishman, later in his essay, mentions “Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese sect,” and the “’all-American guys’ like Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols,” (528) who have committed acts of terrorism. If TSA does not have the ability to analyze all people in an airport it needs to come up with better safety procedures, other than racial profiling, to keep the United States safe from terrorists.
Terrorists believe there is something intrinsically wrong with their enemies, so treating their ethnic group like criminals will only give terrorists more reasons to hate the United States. Terrorists will justify their acts when people in their ethnic group become second class citizens who are alienated from the rest of the population. Racial profiling will cause minorities to become second class citizens (Debate). The profiled group’s way of life will change because of the special treatment they will be receiving. Profiling, the act of analyzing and classifying somebody, and singling out the terrorist type will only cause real terrorists to find another issue with the United States. Racial profiling alienates people who would want to help, but are a part of that profile (AbiNader, 530). People who originally want to fight terrorism will not like the unfair