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Non-resistance to profiling is actually a positive opportunity

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Submitted by Boris Frenkel (United States), Dec 30, 2003 at 10:45

I am surprised why regular Muslims would feel outrage and shock about profiling. In the USA, I belong to a minority group as well. If some people of my nation were extensively involved in terrorist activity, my attitude to profiling would be exactly opposite. First, I believe that terrorists, instead of pursuing their goals, actually let me down by exposing me to racial profiling and even hate crimes that me and my nation do not deserve. Second, it would be my duty to cooperate with authorities and try to prove that people of my nation are peaceful and loyal to these authorities and regulations. I think this type of behavior would be the best demonstration of the real nature of my nation and at the same time condemnation of criminal activity that hurts everybody including my nation. Otherwise, resistance to reasonable profiling looks more like denial of criminal activity by terrorists and may be considered by many as an act of their support. In other words, non-resistance to profiling is actually an opportunity to improve the image of my nation in the eyes of others.
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