Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 14 12:31:33 UTC 2011

On CNN, an opponent of a bill in the Georgia State Legistature to make it
harder on illegal immigrants:

"We're alienating, we're discriminating against, and we're profiling against
the immigrant community."

Note the addition of "against." That suggests that the operative idea is
indeed broad discrimination rather than constabulary "profiling."


On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 3:44 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> Subject:      Re: profiling
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> On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>
> wrote:
> > To me, "profiling" (or "ethnic profiling" as it was originally called for
> > about fifteen minutes) is a relatively methodical process (the potential
> > perp has X, Y, and Z characteristics, etc., etc., that we got lectured on
> at
> > the station house, etc., etc.).
> The suspect must "fit the description." FTD has become a catchphrase,
> in some circles.
> A character in a Japanese cartoon spoke of the need to have the
> ability to "profile criminal minds."
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> -Wilson
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> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
> to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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