There is nothing that racists in this country like better than an excuse to tell themselves that they are not being racist, just a coincidence that it‘s a black president who‘s, quote, “destroying,” unquote, this country—when in fact he has done very little that a white Republican president would not also have done. Just the coincidence that the Christmas Day terror attempt in Detroit has led to repeated right-wing calls for a special profiling of all people who are like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, people from Nigeria, students from Yemen, big fans of British soccer?
No. If you are an 18 to 28-year-old Muslim man, then you should be strip-searched, so says Tom McInerney, a frightened ex-general who works for FOX. Racially profile all Muslims, so says Peter King, a frightened ex-national guardsman who works in Congress. And at the airports, quote, “There should be a separate line to scrutinize anybody with the name Abdul or Ahmed or Mohammed,” so says Mike Gallagher, a frightened ex-radio station manager who works on the air.
Here‘s a question to Mr. Gallagher and Congressman King and Lieutenant General McInerney and it‘s a two-word question and it‘s in the form of a name. Richard Reid?
Also to Mr. Gallagher, there‘s one special flaw in your plan, what would you do if everybody, the suspect and the pious alike named Abdul or Ahmed or Mohammed suddenly changed his name to Mike Gallagher?