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Racial Profiling Violates the Constitution
After the heinous attacks of Sept. 11, Americans have been forced to face the issue of racial profiling?  Americans love to use data and statistics to justify their actions. What data might justify special searches of anyone who looks “Arab” at an airport? There are up to 7 million Arab Americans in the United States.  If we add all those South Asians (1.6 million), Latinos and African Americans who might “appear” Arab, we have a ballpark figure of at least 10 million folks.  How many of these are bona fide terrorists? Let’s say 100. That amounts to 0.001 percent.
As a very rough comparison, consider that in 1999 alone, roughly 350,000 men were arrested for violent crimes. There are about 135 million men alive in america. That is a percentage of 0.26 percent. Does this mean that we should stop and search all men because they may act violently?
Second, parse the data correctly.
Humans are notoriously bad with probabilities. For instance, the fact that 100 percent of the terrorists in the Sept. 11 a…