Go Ahead, Profile Me, Says American Muslim

It's time to stop being politically correct about this, she writes
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2010 12:16 PM CST
A woman undergoes a pat-down during TSA security screening, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – Asra Q. Nomani is an American Muslim, but when it comes to airport security, she has no problem saying, “Profile me. Profile my family.” As the most recent would-be terrorist case highlights, "there is one common denominator defining those who’ve got their eyes trained on US targets: MANY of them are Muslim," she writes in the Daily Beast. Therefore, even though it's taboo to say, she believes we need to consider racial and religious profiling.

"Profiling doesn’t have to be about discrimination, persecution, or harassment," she argues, and our risk assessment certainly shouldn't be limited solely to factors of religion, race, and ethnicity. "In my eyes, we in the Muslim community have failed to police ourselves," she writes. "We cannot bury our heads in the sand anymore. We have to choose pragmatism over political correctness, and allow US airports and airlines to do religious and racial profiling." Click here to hear from someone who agrees with her.

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