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ItÃ¢Â€Â™s sad, but racial profiling is necessary for our safety
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September 13, 2005
EditorÃ¢Â€Â™s note: Ms. Bandes has been dismissed from her columnist position since the publication of this column. It was found, after receiving numerous reports, that the quotes used from the various sources quoted were taken out of context and linked to statements they did not or do not support. The quotes from Mr. Khaki, Salameh and Professor Isleem were not meant to support Ms. BandesÃ¢Â€Â™ statement that Arabs should be sexed up.
The Daily Tar Heel regrets the errors.
I want all Arabs to be stripped naked and cavity-searched if they get within 100 yards of an airport.
I donÃ¢Â€Â™t care if theyÃ¢Â€Â™re being inconvenienced. I donÃ¢Â€Â™t care if it seems as though their rights are being violated.
I care about my life. I care about the lives of my family and friends.
And I care about the lives of the Arabs and Arab Americans IÃ¢Â€Â™m privileged to know and study with.
TheyÃ¢Â€Â™re some of the brightest, kindest people IÃ¢Â€Â™ve ever met.
Tragically, theyÃ¢Â€Â™re also members of an ethnicity that is responsible for almost every act of terror committed against the West in the recent past.
And in the wake of the anniversary of 9/11, I think itÃ¢Â€Â™s important to remember not only those who died, but how they died, why they died and where we stand now compared to where we stood then.
Four years and two days ago, we stood somewhere between apathy and ignorance. Sure, there were heinous acts of terrorism being committed in far-away lands, and sure, there was always the threat that some psychopath might do something.
After all, weÃ¢Â€Â™re the generation of Timothy McVeigh, the Unabomber and Columbine. The news was littered with coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nerve gas on Japanese subways and terror in the Balkans.
But those attacks werenÃ¢Â€Â™t in the same buildings we toured on our eighth-grade class trips.
They didnÃ¢Â€Â™t kill 3,000 of our relatives.
They werenÃ¢Â€Â™t in our face.
So Bushie waged war on Ã¢Â€Â™em. He set out to knock the evil off its axis, and weÃ¢Â€Â™re still there, duking it out.
And for good reason. You can debate a lot of things about post-9/11 foreign policy, but one thing you canÃ¢Â€Â™t debate is that taking out terrorists Ã¢Â€Â” or blatant human-rights violators Ã¢Â€Â” is a good thing.
You also canÃ¢Â€Â™t debate that of the 19 hijackers on those planes, all 19 were Arab.
And you canÃ¢Â€Â™t debate that while most Arabs are not terrorists, sadly, most terrorists are indeed Arab.
Given this combination, I want some kind of security.
Done in a professional, conscientious manner, racial profiling is more likely to get the bad guys than accosting my 12-year-old pipsqueak of a brother on his way to summer camp.
When asked if she had a boyfriend, Ann Coulter once said that any time she had a need for physical intimacy, she would simply walk through an airportÃ¢Â€Â™s security checkpoint.
I want Arabs to get sexed up like nothing else.
And Arab students at UNC donÃ¢Â€Â™t seem to think thatÃ¢Â€Â™s such a bad idea.
Ã¢Â€Âœ(Racial profiling) really doesnÃ¢Â€Â™t bother me,Ã¢Â€Â said Sherief Khaki, a first-generation Egyptian-American and representative of the UNC-CH Arabic Club.
Ã¢Â€ÂœSo a couple of hours are wasted. Big deal.Ã¢Â€Â
Said Muhammad Salameh, a junior biology major: Ã¢Â€ÂœI can accept it, even if I donÃ¢Â€Â™t like it. I donÃ¢Â€Â™t want to die.Ã¢Â€Â
Professor Nasser Isleem, a man for whom I have complete and utter respect after merely two weeks of sitting in his Arabic 101 class, said, Ã¢Â€ÂœLet them search.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœIt depends on how IÃ¢Â€Â™m stopped, but if it is done in a professional manner Ã¢Â€Â¦ Ã¢Â€Â
Then he nodded.
Ã¢Â€ÂœThere were Muslims in those buildings, too.Ã¢Â€Â
Some people say that racial profiling will make terrorism a self-fulfilling prophecy, or that itÃ¢Â€Â™s somehow unfair to designate certain individuals as being more likely to commit an act of terror than another.
If 19 blond-haired, blue-eyed, Caucasian Jews had plowed into the World Trade Center with two jumbo jets, I would demand to be interrogated every time I browsed Cheapflights.com.
After each interrogation, I would offer the official a cup of joe, then heartedly thank him for his efforts. And I would not be any more inclined to blow up innocent civilians as a result of it.
Neither would Sherief Khaki. Or Muhammad Salameh. Or Nasser Isleem.
Nearly every Arab American IÃ¢Â€Â™ve spoken with has done nothing but condemn the evil that was done just four years ago, and at least tacitly recognize that some profiling is necessary.
I have enough confidence in my countryÃ¢Â€Â™s imperfect but steadfast law enforcement systems to carry out such profiling the way it should be done: in a professional and thorough manner, without going down the slippery slope of pointless and disrespectful encroachment on the livelihood or decorum of everyday Arabs and Arab Americans.
Stop, as Coulter advises, treating racial profiling like the Victorians treated sex Ã¢Â€Â” by not discussing the topic unless youÃ¢Â€Â™re recoiling in horror at the practice.
Embrace the race.