One of the hottest news on national TV in US in the last few days has been of Cynthia McKinney, an African-American Congresswoman from Georgia who was entering an official building without her Senator pin. On being asked to stop by a policeman, she refused to do so (possibly considering herself above the law) and then when the policeman tried to physically prevent her from entering [by gripping her arm], she assaulted the police officer. (kind of like an American soul sister of Uma Bharati who once hit a policeman with her chappal) and just to make her martyrdom complete, also threw in the accusation that she was “inappropriately touched” .
While right-minded people would say that the policeman was merely doing his job, the liberals represented by the Democrats started shouting “racial discrimination” and “profiling” —two extremely dirty words in the American lexicon. According to them, Ms McKinney was stopped from entering the building only because she was black and that “act of discrimination” somehow justified her actions of striking a police officer (She has subsequently apologized for striking an officer).
And while successions of liberals expressed their outrage at racial profiling, I could not help but snicker.
A few weeks ago, these same “liberal” Democrats were giving sound bytes condemning how national security was compromised by giving contracts to run certain American ports to a Dubai-based company. Their argument was that 2 of the 9/11 hijackers were UAE citizens and that the UAE has recognized the Taliban. As a result, an UAE-based company was a security risk. Despite the fact that the company won the contract fairly, they had to withdraw due to the massive uproar orchestrated by the Democrats and disgruntled units inside the Republican party.
An entity was thus “profiled” and denied business purely based on their religion/country of origin (remember there are no sanctions against UAE). And the liberals felt no compunction in making the connection between Muslim Arabs and terrorists simply because here was another stick they could beat GWB with!
The impression the Democrats sought to pass of was of shady Arabs working in the docks and putting bad things in UPS containers. It was quite another thing there would be no Arab anywhere on the docks—the work would all be done by unionized port workers (all American citizens who love beer and country/rap music). The management would also comprise of Americans—the only thing was that the owner was a Muslim Arab. The question was not even about foreign control of essential infrastructure (which is what some liberals spun it as)—the previous contract-holder was British—but we all know that they are good blokes and not really “foreign” (if you get what I am saying).
[Note: I oppose profiling in all its forms—-I find it illogical that a community should be blamed for actions of its individuals (even a large number of them). But what I find totally hypocritical are people who support profiling for one set of people and not for the other.