“African Americans continue to face racial profiling on the streets and sidewalks of American cities. Since 9-11, Arab-Americans, American Muslims, and South-Asian Americans have faced national origin and religious profiling. And a recent spate of federal, state, and local measures has subjected Hispanic Americans to an increase in racial profiling under the guise of combating illegal immigration.” Durbin said. “Racial profiling undermines the rule of law and strikes at the core of our nation’s commitment to equal protection for all.”
(The complete article is here http://durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=a8191909-fc81-4f66-bbb5-285e763f35e8).
Ten years since the last one, wow. I wonder what’s been going on for the past ten years. I also wonder how many of us even knew there was a hearing.
As pleased that I am that racial profiling is back on the national agenda, I’m concerned about what happens next. Will we have to wait another ten years before another hearing happens? Was this hearing to placate the “masses” in light of recent events involving racial profiling?
Skepticism aside, if indeed this issue is on the legislative agenda, we need to act now and get involved.