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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Racial profiling : An American's Graduate Email to me

Mohd Izham to me 10:03 am (7 hours ago)

Assalamu'alaikum Brother,
Hope you are fine. Like your blog about the America"new" religion. It was the same news when I was studying there back in the late 80's. We had a Muslim professor who related to us the news that Islam is the fastest growing religion. Shows that it is growing and gaining acceptance, except that George W Bush is more intent on spreading his ideology worldwide by fair means or foul which appears to be more foul than fair.

Anyway, this piece below was e-mailed to me by an American friend who was a former college mate of mine. It shows how tired the American public are about the "profiling" by American authorities on people especially Muslims.

Initially I thought it was just thoughtless humour but after reading the responses, it appears to be rather well written.Read on...

To ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport screeners will not be allowed to profile people. They will continue random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots withproper identification, Secret Service agents who are members of the President's Security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips and Medal of Honorwinning former Governors.

Let's pause a moment and take the following test.

1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were massacred by:

a. Olga Korbut

b. Sitting Bull

c. Arnold Schwarzenneger

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40 2.

2. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:

a. Lost Norwegians

b. Elvis

c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. During the 1980s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:

a. John Dillinger

b. The King of Sweden

c. The Boy Scouts

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:

a. A pizza delivery boy

b. Pee Wee Herman

c. Geraldo Rivera making up for a slow news day

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.

5. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard by:

a. The Smurfs

b. Davie Jones

c. The Little Mermaid

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.

6. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver was murdered by:

a. Captain Kidd

b. Charles Lindberg

c. Mother Teresa

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:

a. Scooby Doo

b. The Tooth Fairy

c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:

a. Richard Simmons

b. Grandma Moses

c. Michael Jordan

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:

a. Mr. Rogers

b. Hillary, to distract attention from Wild Bill' s women problems

c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10. On 9/11/01, 4 airliners were hijacked and destroyed and thousands of people were killed by:

a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd

b. The Supreme Court of Florida

c. Mr. Bean

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11. In 2001 the United States began to fight a war in Afghanistan against:

a. Enron

b. The Lutheran Church

c. The NFL

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40 12.

In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:

a. Bonny and Clyde

b. Captain Kangaroo

c. Billy Graham

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

Nope, no patterns anywhere to justify profiling!

My Response

From: Sean Russell

To: **********

Subject: Re: DUHCc:

I have a complex philosophy about racial profiling, and the validity of profiling in general as a species survival mechanism.

However:

1. In 1995, the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 31 (including 12 children), injuring 550, and collapsing the north face of the building, was perpetrated by:

a. An 80 year old women

b. Arnold Schwarzenneger

c. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

d. A white, ex-US military, 27 year old non-Muslim male

2. In 1963, four young girls were killed in a Georgia church by a bomb planted by:

a. Lost Norwegians

b. Elvis

c. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

d. Middle-aged, white, protestant male US citizens

3. In 1973, London, two bombs killing one person and injuring 200 were planted by:

a. Davie Jones

b. The Little Mermaid

c. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.

d. White catholic males

4. In 1981, an assassination attempt on then-president Ronald Reagan was attempted by:

a. Pee Wee Herman

b. Geraldo Rivera making up for a slow news day

c. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.

d. A white, 26-year-old, non-Muslim American male

5. The systematic bombing of US citizens during the period from 1978-1995, killing three and injuring seven, was carried out by:

a. The Smurfs

b. The Little Mermaid

c. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.

d. A white, non-Muslim American male (born in 1942)

6. In November, 1991, who walked into a post office in Royal Oak, Michigan, guns down four supervisors and wounds five other workers?

a. Captain Kidd

b. Mother Teresa

c. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

d. A white, ex-marine, non-Muslim American male

7. In 1999, Littleton, Colorado, 12 students were killed at Columbine High School by:

a. Scooby Doo

b. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

c. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

d. Two white, non-Muslim teenage American males

8. In January, 2002, a Cessna was purposefully crashed into a Tampa, Florida by :

a. Lost Norwegians

b. Elvis

c. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

d. Middle-aged, white, protestant male US citizens

In fact, between 1997 and 1999, at least 61 people were killed in public shootings by 15 non-Muslim, white males in the United states

Muslims don't have a corner on the terrorism market, and anyone -- man,woman, or child -- is capable of being a vehicle for a bomb.