Is ‘Political Correctness’ Responsible for San Bernardino Shooting?

"It's different in Israel... They look at your eyes and your body language, not your loafers."

Right now, everyone is struggling for answers.  The San Bernardeno shooting that resulted in 14 deaths is something we’re still looking for answers on.  However, we do know that the shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, appear to have some ties to radical Islam.

As new information becomes available, we’re forced to wonder whether or not “political correctness” might bear some responsibility for this tragic event.  That’s based on this from CBS Los Angeles:

A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.

“We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?’” he said.  “We’d see them leave where they’re raiding the apartment.”

He didn’t want to “profile” them, so he didn’t report activity he found suspicious.

Seems pretty cut and dried, doesn’t it?

Well, it is and it isn’t.  You see, the problem with the term “profiling” is that it’s not an evil thing.  You know how people act if they’re hiding something?  That’s call profiling too.  You’re using a set of factors to determine whether or not someone warrants further investigation.

Racial profiling is when you do it based on the person’s race.  Many argue, with good cause, that it’s racist because the determining factor is race.  They may have a point.

However, behavior is a different animal.

The question should be about whether these men were acting odd, or just looked out of place because they were Middle Eastern.  One was bad, one isn’t.

As a nation, we probably should start paying attention to how people act. Rafi Sela, head of security at Ben Guiron Airport, wrote this at the comedy website Cracked regarding the fail that is the TSA back in 2013:

A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.

“We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?’” he said.  “We’d see them leave where they’re raiding the apartment.”

It’s different in Israel. You come in, we ask you questions, and we have well-trained people determine if you have any harmful plans. They look at your eyes and your body language, not your loafers. We have threats in the airport, but nothing deadly has happened to us, thank God, in the last 40 years.

Note that the problem is behavior, not skin tone.  The truth is, skin tone is useless as a tool for determining terrorism anyway. Shoe Bomber Richard Reid was from England with a white mother and mixed race father.  American Taliban John Walker Lindh was a white boy from the East Coast.  Just look at our report on people living legally in the US brought up on terrorist charges.  Take a look.  Go to the original source.  It’s like the Rainbow Coalition there.

However, political correctness, as many use the term, may make people second guess themselves.  “Are they acting suspiciously, or am I just being racist?”

Islam isn’t a race, it’s an ideology.  It’s one that can be adopted by people for any ethnicity.  Radical Islam, the idea of using Islam as justification for terrorist acts, is no different.  The sooner everyone gets that through their heads, the sooner we can take a look at suspicious behavior that may help us identify potential terrorists and save lives.

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