There is no Racial Profiling Going on in the US.

This one is a couple of years old. I found it while digging around in some ancient stuff.

Really, none whatsoever. Of course, there are some things that could be interpreted as such, but that would be a mistake. Take for example the below conversation between the Department of Homeland Security and the Census Bureau, circa December 2003. This transcript is an exaggeration, of course, but the underlying facts are about right. As you’ll see, this dialogue demonstrates that the US Department of Homeland Security is not engaging in any racial-profiling-type activities.

Homeland Security
Hi, we’d like to get some statistics on the distributions of A-rabs around the country.
Census Bureau
Uh, sure. Okay. So what information do you need?
HS
Do you have a record of the request we made in August 2002?
CB
Yeah, hold on… [pause] It says here you asked for a list of all cities with at least 1000 Arab-Americans.
HS
That’s right. Well, we need the same thing, almost. Basically the same thing, plus a bit more information.
CB
Okay, what extra information do you need?
HS
Well, we need this one by zip code.
CB
No problem, ma’am, we can do that.
HS
And not just in cities with a thousand A-rabs or more, all of them. Also we want their country of origin. And can you get a list of names as well? Perhaps stuff like how much money each person gets from foreign sources per year, and how much they spend in places like hardware stores?
CB
Uh… well, we can’t give you any individually identifying information. We can give you country of origin, but not any of that detailed financial stuff.
HS
Well, that’ll have to do. And I was just kidding about all that big brother stuff. Forget I even asked.
CB
Um, okay. Hey, out of curiosity, why do you want this?
HS
It’s a routine info gathering for Customs and Border Protection.
CB
Um… Customs and Border Protection? Why do they want it?
HS
You know you’re required to give us this information, right?
CB
I know, I know. I’ve almost finished preparing the request. I was curious, is all.
HS
Well, if you must know, we’re compiling information about where there are lots of A-rabs so we can put a-rabic language signs up in the airports. You know, stuff like “bathroom this way” or “one piece of carry-on per passenger.”
CB
Ri-ight. So this has nothing to do with racial profiling.
HS
Why, I’m appalled at the very idea. This information is not under any circumstances going to be used to assess potential threat zones and increase police coverage of high-risk areas with a lot of A-rabs in them. It’s for the thing I said before, about the signs or whatever.
CB
But why do you need to know country of origin?
HS
So we can write the signs in the right language, obviously.
CB
What difference does it make if someone is Jordanian, Egyptian or Moroccan? The language is basically the same except for pronunciation, isn’t it?
HS
That’s right, and we need to write with the correct pronunciation.
CB
But…
HS
This conversation is over. Has the document request gone through?
CB
Yes…
HS
Good. *click*

See? It’s right there in black and white. From the article: “The information is not in any way being used for law-enforcement purposes,” says a spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection. I can’t think of any more convincing evidence possible.

Since I started drafting this the article has disappeared from the original location. So I found the Google cache and copied it.
source: http://memethief.com/archives/seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/184279_census30.html

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