Skip to comments.Flying While Black
Posted on 09/01/2011 7:36:49 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
If you want to screen Muslims as potential terrorists, you'll have to target blacks.
The logic of Muslim profiling is simple. First, Muslims are more likely than non-Muslims to plan or commit acts of terror against the United States. Second, Muslims are more likely than non-Muslims to sympathize with al-Qaida or believe that suicide bombing can be justified. Previous polling by the Pew Research Center supports this claim. But a new survey report from Pew adds a twist to the data: Statistically, the group most deserving of scrutiny under this rationale isn't Muslims. It's black Muslims.
The survey report, released yesterday, presents a table (on Page 5) breaking down the data by race. One question asks: "How much support for extremism, if any, is there among Muslims living in the U.S.?" Among all U.S. Muslims, 21 percent say there's a great deal or a fair amount of support. Among native-born U.S. Muslims, the number is 32 percent. Among black native-born Muslims, it's 40 percent.
Another question asks: "Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of al-Qaida?" Among all U.S. Muslims, 5 percent report a favorable view. Among native-born U.S. Muslims, the number is 10 percent. Among black native-born Muslims, it's 11 percent.
I don't see presidential candidates advocating this kind of heightened scrutiny. Evidently, racial profiling of blacks is out of fashion. It's been replaced by discrimination against Muslims, ostensibly justified by 9/11 and the threat of Islamic terrorism. But if group data warrant extra screening of Muslims, they also warrant extra screening, in particular, of blacks. Or they warrant neither. Logically, those are your options.
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Ping. I don’t agree with the author’s conclusions but the statistics are noteworthy.
Logically, those are your options.
Nice we are allowed a choice eh.
So it’s all or nothing?
Fine scrutinize them and see how far that gets.
That's still lower than al-Qaidas approval rating with the democrat party.
The author is making a Hobson’s Choice argument.
There is no way to tell if an American black is a muslim unless you ask, which you can’t....
I might just be cynical, but I think the author is trying to bait people into saying "profile them all." That will give him material for a couple of more highly inflammatory articles. But the statistics should still make even liberals pause to consider the implications, though they would never admit it.
Every moderate Muslim is a potential terrorist. The belief in Islam is like a tank of gasoline. It looks innocuous, until it meets the fire. For a moderate Muslim to become a murderous jihadist, all it takes is a spark of faith.
Most Black Muslims are not Black Muslims because they believe in Islam.
Most Black Muslims belong to Islam because they hate Whites and Islam gives them some sort of Quasi-religious cover.
The same cover Obama had when he belonged to Rev. Wrights Black Theology Church of What’s Happening Now.
Not much difference between the two really.
No wonder they are going after White grannies, gandpas, children and babies. It's up-side-down criminology.
Precisely. If Farrahkan (sp?) formed a group called “Hate Whitey” it’s not as socially acceptable as “Nation of Islam.
This makes a strong case for screening Muslims...but only to people who are not idiots.
The authors attempt to tie this to race with his silly 21% vs 40% support for extremism is a shallowly disguised attempt to project racism on to those he disagrees with.
In other words, he's not interested in solving the problem, just using it to label those he dislikes.
Some US black muslims were converted in prison so the odds of them flying anywhere is nil.