Saturday, August 27, 2011

Vance Gilbert : Racial Profiling First Hand

The surreal world of post 9/11 America includes the fascist everywhere-ness of Homeland Security and its BFF, TSA. Also called "security theater" -- all these stories we hear every day, of Americans humiliated, detained, questioned, searched, groped, harassed. It doesn't matter if you're male or female, handicapped, old or young, or a child. And if you're of color, you get that extra bonus of being further up the line for such invasive treatment, as Vance Gilbert writes, who is the latest victim of racial profiling racism and over the top TSA induced thuggery. Flight attendants now, as part of "security theater" invoke the power of their position to justify their wracked nerves, ignorance, and prejudices, knowing that any complaint or assertiveness on the part of the passenger will only make things worse.

And all this over a book. Like paying with cash, book reading for personal enjoyment seems to be a red flag for suspicious behavior.
Vance Gilbert : Racial Profiling First Hand

I hope Mr. Gilbert receives the compensation he deserves.

Link: Boing Boing.

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