Erik Larson

Mar 12, 2010

Profiling Non-Blondes

I’ve gotten comments and been in discussions with people who seem to think that my “Blonde Jihadist” post argues that profiling is effective. I’d like to clarify that what I’m arguing is that the case of LaRose does not establish that it is ineffective (or that it is effective) to profile. It says nothing useful about the debate at all, in fact, contra Rachell Maddow’s claim that LaRose shows that profiling is “stupid”. It does not, and Maddow should know better.

That said, profiling might still be stupid. In fact, there’s good reason to believe that ethnic profiling, by itself, is stupid. See for instance this 2002 article from CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for more discussion.