Friday, April 9, 2010

Racial Profiling

Racial profiling, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as the act of suspecting or targeting a person on the basis of observed characteristics or behavior.
Have you seen or read the news yesterday regarding a diplomat taken into custody after in-flight disturbance? It was about  the "stupid behavior and idiotic jokes (setting his shoe on fire)" of a diplomat, who happens to be a Qatari, on the plane. Apparently, the diplomat has been released and wont face charges.  Some comments on the news say "He is tolerated because the oil is at stake". Come on guys, he has given "clearance" because of the so-called "diplomatic immunity". I don't know much about diplomatic immunity but I think ALL diplomats from every country in the world have it, right?

The guy was a total jerk and what he did was so moronic but the reactions of the people and  the  influx of comments on the news have been blown totally out of proportion. Why? Simply because he is an Arab and it happened in an airplane. I don't think the scenario would have been the same nor the discussion would have been that long if he was a non-Arab

I really believe that the reactions have gone overboard and obviously a case of racial profiling.  Singling out or classifying people by race (or religion) has never been and will never be the smartest method to define people. We all have morons, criminals, or anything of that sort in our countries, don't we? ✿