Racial profiling very real in US
Tuesday, July 30 2013
THE EDITOR: A certain person named Arthur Mann Jr has questioned whether President Obama would have had any say concerning the OJ Simpson verdict as he did in the Trayvon Martin verdict.
This person showed that he is not aware of what transpires in the United States of America, maybe he has not lived there and if so not for long or else he does not read or hear or know of the term Racial Profiling.
Although it is a recent term yet it has been going on for hundreds of years, it was done to the indigenous people and also Orientals, people of colour and even Irish and Jews. Now it is being done to Arabs and people from the Indian Sub Continent.
However, the ones who are being and feeling the brunt of this profiling are people of colour. Let this person and those who may agree with his letter know this, the OJ Simpson case was one of a husband involved in the killing of his wife and the Trayvon Martin case was one of someone who happened to be walking through a supposedly Caucasian neighbourhood, since he was a person of colour he was profiled or perceived to be up to no good, that is the thinking of many and was so of Zimmerman, his own words to the dispatcher gave his thinking away so to believe that he was not a racist is to have had ones head in the sand.
There have been thousands of cases over the centuries where being a person of colour in a supposedly wrong place have ended in death although the persons were innocent as in this case and the perpetrators of the crimes were freed if even tried.
Unless one has not been subjected to such suspicions or threats then one would not ever understand and would believe that these are isolated incidents.
Some people have been denied jobs because of their colour regardless of qualifications. I constantly admonish people of colour for not doing enough to improve their conditions so they have much to answer themselves.
There is a saying which goes like this “One must walk in another man’s shoe to know his pain.”