Jewish World Review April 24, 2013/ 14 Iyar, 5773
When profiling becomes a real menace
By Clarence Page
JewishWorldReview.com | Some media found the possibility that foreign terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon to be too tantalizing an explanation to pass up, even when it snares the wrong suspects.
On the day of the Boston Marathon bombing, for example, the
Online vigilantism ran so wild on the Reddit online link-sharing community that its general manager
The meteoric rise of new Internet media created a new and dangerous rise of send-before-you-think journalism, especially in do-it-yourself media. That puts a greater burden on news consumers to be skeptical about how and what they are being served.
Unfortunately, it also can create real dangers to individual lives, social dialogue and even national security
For example, in a
Amanpour was receiving an achievement award named for
Amanpour used Warraich's quote to underscore a point she wanted to make about what she called "the elephant in the room." She was referring to the haunting concern by many in that hotel ballroom that the marathon bombers, not yet identified, might turn out to be Arabic -- and rekindle post-
"How many of us feel this burden of association and hope beyond hope that this doesn't turn out to be what it might be?" said Amanpour. "No conclusions yet. ... Is it international? Is it domestic? But like all of you -- I'm not Pakistani, and I'm not Arab, but I am part Iranian. And I do understand the burden of association...."
As an African American I, too, understand the burden of guilt by association. I took no consolation when the focus of racial profiling discussions, a hot issue in the 2000 presidential primaries, suddenly shifted after Sept.11, 2001, from "driving while black" or Latino to anyone who looked as though they might be Arab or Muslim.
That's why I find it ironic to hear increasingly about how much white conservatives don't like to be profiled, either. Breitbart.com, among other conservative websites, slammed
Their complaint? They didn't like
My response? Step back and take a breath, folks, unless you really want to be identified with the sort of nitwits who celebrate Hitler's birthday.
As the facts unfold, the backgrounds of the
We need to get past everyone's hurt feelings to have a serious conversation about how we deal with both forms of threats to our national security.
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