Profiling A Muslim-American
August 14, 2006 § 11 Comments
I have been searching through many Muslim and non-Muslim blogs just to read the overall thoughts about Muslims in light of current events. I have also been going to Nielsen Buzz-metrics (BlogPulse) to analyze current trends and buzz words in the blogosphere. I have concluded that Muslims are coming dangerously close to a position that many (Muslims) have never experienced here in the US.
Muslims, are nearing the conditions in the US and other Western countries that inspired the kind of prejudice of the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, that of anti-communism. Muslim leadership fails to gain leverage with the political systems of the West and as a result, the only thing that is protecting Muslims from real oppression are the inherent laws concerning Human Rights.
After recent events in Britain the question of profiling has been discussed without end. Ideas suggesting to discard a certain degree of Human Rights to preserve innocent lives from an imminent threat, this is the argument backing racial profiling. My greatest fear is that the poor Muslims who live in small tight-knit communities will be the target of this profiling and its focus on the young Muslim-Male as suggested in an article from NPR,
“The men who live in these Muslim enclaves are keenly aware that they’ve become the prime targets of police scrutiny. According to a report issued last week by the Open Society Institute, young Muslim men are increasingly at risk of social exclusion; many feel they are ‘under siege’.” (D. Amos, NPR)
The argument in support of profiling is coming hard and strong from the Media-Super Powers like, WSJ and The Examiner. In contrast, recently on a blog entitled ProfessorBainBridge.com, the issue of profiling was discussed and seemingly opposed profiling Muslims due to the unethical nature of the practice as he claims,
“If we sacrifice our principles in the name of expediency, aren’t we betraying what makes us different from our opponents?”
In addition the Professor fears that the same problem occurring in Britain will eventually happen in the US if profiling and other pressures are applied to the Muslim population when he writes,
“My concern is that if American Muslims start to experience “flying while Muslim,” that will promote precisely the sort of alienation and rage we say in too many European Muslims.”
In conclusion, I’m not sure where this places the American-Muslim in the overall picture. I must agree if I were a typical Anglo-American, profiling Muslims and taking certain extreme measures, compromising certain social-equalities would seem like a viable possibility. Yet as a Muslim, I can’t say that I would not be prepared, if they unjustly harass and mistreat me.