Assemblyman Dov Hikind, A New York Democrat Who Gets It

Why would it be considered “controversial” to take a hard look at the ONE group of people who have made it clear they are hell bent on violently murdering innocent Americans?–State Assemblyman Dov Hikind has revived his proposal for racial profiling by security personnel, in light of the attempted bombing of a passenger jet landing in Detroit.

“I think this is a unique situation,” said Hikind, who introduced a similar bill in 2005 after the London subways were attacked and NYPD officers began randomly searching the bags of some passengers.

Hikind told me by phone that if there is a “compelling governmental interest” to consider race in college admissions, as the Supreme Court affirmed in the case of Grutter v. Bollinger, the same is true in a climate of heightened security risk.

“If this isn’t a compelling government interest to do this, the war on terror, then what is? Why is there a difference?” Hikind said. “No one is saying we shouldn’t check Norwegians–blonde, blue-eyed people–but we’re saying let’s be realistic about it. Their profile happens to be young, Muslim men of Middle-eastern and South Asian background. Is that the only thing you look at? Of course not”……

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