In view of political correctness, when is profiling appropriate?
Gary, Hi! There are so many scenarios in which it is necessary it would take too long to write. One I will mention is the airport. Why is EL AL so successful?
But fear of the ignorant PC holds it back when necessary. H
First off, you ask a question that shouldn't be asked in the first place. Political correctness is damaging society as a whole present and making more people more sensitive. Thus, making them weaker as individuals. Profiling is a complete process that includes deductive reasoning. Profiling has nothing to do with political correctness.
I know it's not polite to answer a question with a question, but how would you feel if you were "profiled"?
Of course, I have a feeling I'm dealing with people here who's brains are more "reptilian" (See my hub 'Factoring Fear')
Political correctness only deals with controlling language, so it is unrelated to this subject. This subject is one of constitutionality. Profiling is never ok unless you have a warrant to arrest or search someone. Police only exist to protect and serve citizens, not to harass and intimidate them. I don't pay taxes so that I can get harrassed by public servants.
In light of political correctness....that answer would be never. That is basically what "political correctness" has achieved in our world. It has psychologically bound the hands of Americans while creaing no real rules for anyone else...not that they would follow them. Common sense tells you that if a given group of people seem bent on blowing up your world, then you should be highly suspect of those folks above all others. We are but in the name of political correctness, we attempt to mask it by bending a little grandmother from Kansas over an aluminum table and groping her every area. That makes it okay to grab the middle eastern guy who was behind her in line. That is the hypocrisy of the whole thing...we know what we are looking for but we dare not tell anyone for those in our government might be accused of profiling. Don't get me wrong, I have compassion for people of the same ethnicity who did nothing wrong but at the same time, i don't hear them speaking out very loudly that those of their own culture need to stop it. America would feel a lot better to hear some of that. WB
There's a balance that needs to be struck between stereotyping and logic. Logic tells us that a 100 lb woman shouldn't be a warehouse worker. A 350 lb man shouldn't be an acrobat. However, an individual 100 lb woman might not be a good acrobat either, and a 350 lb man might not be able to lift a 100 lb object in a warehouse. You must profile based on a logical least common denominator. As it pertains to traffic stops and police harrassment, an 80 year old great grandmother of 16 can be carrying a gun, so everyone should be treated exactly the same way. As recent news has shown, an oriental looking man is just as likely to try to detonate a bomb in Time Square as a middle eastern man, and a white 20 something is just as likely to shoot a congresswoman as a russian 40 year old.
Profiling is dangerous, not only because of the violation of personal freedoms granted by our constitution, but also because it lets our guard down to potential dangers.
It's human nature to profile. We are profiling ALL the time; we are profiling everything, from food to electronics to people. I have huge interest in evolutionary psychology, though I am not a psychologist myself. We are born with the ability to profile. Our socialisation teaches us not to profile, in the interest of political correctness.
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