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Even the most expert subtle forms of racial profiling are imperfect discriminatory morally dubious but probably necessary tools that one hopes are a temporary means to a desirable outcome says Kurt Andersen a columnist for New York magazine Racial profiling and police brutality are not synonymous terms Being especially alert to someone based on their appearance is biased but does not have to become a violent or traumatizing event Underneath layers of cultural taboo racial profiling can be used effectively for identifying potential wrongdoers A 28-year old black man fails to signal for a turn He is pulled over by a police officer James Perez the driver is subsequently shot in the chest three times and then tasered twice for three minutes overheating the device Busse This unarmed man never even removed his seat belt It is quite likely that if this man were white he would never have been pulled over in the first place Many studies have shown the disproportionate rate of minorities being ticketed for minor traffic violations In particular Portland police have a bad record of inequality towards minorities However it is not due to racial profiling that Perez met with such detestable aggression Though it has not been established what actually happened that day one side has been silenced forever it is not what profiling supporters have in mind Kurt Andersen believes that judging people on their appearance is an involuntary action Its mostly a benign idle urban pastime rarely a matter of threat assessment We look and we speculate-based on manner age sex height weight and ethnicity-about who that other person is Each of us applies a customized judgmental algorithm to everyone else and race is inevitably part of the calculus Law enforcement also make use of these external clues since they are not mind readers What the suspect looks like what the suspect is doing and whom the suspect mingles with are all facts that police officers need
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