And, when I say that I believe treating every black man as a criminal just because there are one million of them behind bars is just as abhorrent as treating all men as rapists – it brings strangers to my door to call me not only a sexist but racist and deeply offensive.Now I think most people can agree with these two sentiments.
Judging any entire group based on the actions of a subset of the group is wrong. Yet there are people who will in one breath denounce one form of such profiling while defending another. Well I want to get at something that seems to get lost in all this race and gender talk about profiling.
Race and gender intersect when it comes to profiling. I want you to consider the RACIAL aspect of these three scenarios for a bit and answer in the comment section if you have anything to share.
1. You park your car and get out to go inside a mall. As you look up from locking and closing your door you see an Native American man walk by who makes direct eye contact with you. You double check to make sure your car door is locked.
2. Walking down the street one night you see a Jewish man coming from the opposite direction. Just before making contact you suddenly cross the street.
3. Waiting for an elevator you see that no one else is around...except for the Mexican man that comes from around the corner. You hope that he is not also looking to take the elevator.
Now like I said I just want you to consider the racial implications here. I'll be getting to the gender part in a few days after you've had some time to think. Don't forget to comment!