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Style Profiling?

May 12, 2010

Chris Matthews interviewed Rep. Brian Bilbray from California on Hardball about Arizona’s new anti-immigration law.

Chris Matthews: …like what, like what? Give me a non-ethnic aspect that would tell you to pick up somebody.

Rep. Bilbray: They will look at the kind of dress you wear, there’s different type of attire, there’s different type of—right down to the shoes, right down to the clothes. But mostly by behavior it’s mostly behavior, just as the law enforcement people here in Washington, DC does it based on certain criminal activity there is behavior things that professionals are trained in across the board and this group shouldn’t be exempt from those observations as much as anybody else.

So… we all agree that discrimination based on race is wrong.  We’ve gotten that far (…if not in action…)

But obviously it’s still totally fair to discriminate based on the rest of your appearance.

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