Ethnic Profiling and Civil Rights

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As said by Saito Maho, "Welcome to the United States, smile for the camera, add your fingerprints to our database. Don't forget to check in regularly, that is of course if your nationality or religion are on John Ashcroft's list."(Saito 1) The use of racial and ethnic profiling dates back to World War II and the attack of Pearl Harbor. The profiling existing today is just a modernized form of the internment camps set aside for Japanese-Americans in the late 1940's. The only difference is towards whom the profiling is directed. Profiling is not only political but also a moral issue that defies the civil liberties set out for everyone in the Constitution set by our forefathers. In any case, the use of profiling to fight terrorism cannot be justified by any means.

Ethnic profiling is not only a political issue, but also a moral issue. It is not right for one person to be subjugated to laws and regulations that another is not.

We can look back in time to World War II when most Japanese Americans were placed in internment camps for the duration of the war. For many of these people they were loyal American citizens. Now people are being stopped at airport security and before they travel into tunnels or over bridges. It is not to the same degree, but it must feel like they are less of a person or not even a person, but some to type of degenerate or hostile. As Chris Rock said, "It scared me so bad, I thought I had stolen my car!"(Reilly 160) Even though Rock is a black man, it can be related to the current issue of ethnic profiling to stop terrorism. Just because a person is from another background does not necessarily mean that they...