Popular Support for Muslim Profiling

One reason we find the NYPD explicitly profiling Muslims and spying on them in colleges up and down the eastern sea-board is because it's what the public actually wants:


According to the poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, 58 percent of voters said the department acted appropriately in its efforts to fight terrorism and did not unfairly target Muslims; 29 percent disagreed. The department's efforts drew greater support from Republicans than Democrats, and from whites than blacks or Hispanics. But in all those cases, a plurality supported the department's efforts.
This is neither shocking nor surprising. The wisdom of the crowd has never been unerringly beneficent. White Supremacy was not the result of a secret cabal. The hope is that law can be appealed to for justice, where majority rule proves deficient. But it is the law, itself, that is watching Muslims, explicitly because they are Muslims. Beyond a weary, if noble, band of activists, no aid seems forthcoming.

Democracy is, as it always was, a problem we'd rather have than not.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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