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Published: Monday, Feb. 11 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

Racists are not welcome among us, but their presence makes it convenient for our opponents, who apply the label falsely as a means of shutting down discussion.

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You T. Partiers support racial profiling.
Racial Profiling is based on the premise of one's race = racism.

Enough said.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

LDS Liberal – “You T. Partiers support racial profiling. Racial Profiling is based on the premise of one's race = racism. Enough said.”

Not quite…

I am neither a tea partier nor a conservative, and yet some level of racial profiling strikes me as not only pragmatic but logical. Israel uses racial (and age) profiling because they have identified a certain demographic as most likely to highjack an airplane.

Whenever I see a grandmother or a child being patted down at our airports, I bemoan our own lack of common sense in this area.

And as someone who leans left on many issues, I really wish the Left would show more discrimination (no pun intended) when bringing race into the conversation. We all know that racists are more at home on the (far) Right than the Left, but it is a fallacy to suggest that all conservatives (or tea party folks) are racist.

That sort of “profiling” won’t win you many friends… at least among those are don’t already think the same way you do.

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