Border Patrol and Racial Profiling
Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq
A rally is planned for Noon on Saturday, August 20, in Clark Park, Detroit Michigan, to protest the effect of racial profiling at the United States’ two borders. This profiling directly affects the Latino-American and Muslim-American communities. Many an individual has been affect by the overzealous policing that directly targets minority communities in the U.S. on the basis of their perceived racial differences. The broken immigration system has initiated a so far relatively unnoticed crackdown on Latino-Americans at the southern border with Mexico and Muslim-Americans, a racialized ethno-religious group. Also, in states such a s Florida many Latinos are being profiled on the basis of race.
DETROIT (WWJ) – A rally will be held in Southwest Detroit this weekend to protest treatment of certain ethnic groups crossing borders into the United States.
Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council On American Islamic Relations, explained that the event will focus on racial profiling by border authorities.
“We want to show to the broader public how the rules and regulations, in terms of profiling, are being bent and that minority communities, people of color, are bing negatively effected in terms of the enforcement or mis-enforcement of certain governmental policies,” said Walid.
Talking to WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting, Walid said its necessary for the community to become involved in efforts like this to tell lawmakers the ethnic profiling of members of the Latinos and Muslim-Americans is not an effective way to protect communities.
“As a people we have power to speak out. We live in a democratic society and we have to exercise our right to speak out against injustice wherever we see it,” said Walid.
The rally is planned for Noon on Saturday, August 20, in Clark Park.
Apparently there is a serious threat of “Islamic terrorism” from Canada such that it warrants an excuse for an increased militarization of the U.S.’s northern border with Canada and racial profiling of Mooslim-y looking individuals. There are quite a few reasons to be concerned with the implications of the increased miltarism which breeds isolationaism of an already overly militarized U.S> military industrial complex. One of them being that this is one of the alarming signs of a nation moving towards fascism in the name of national security.