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Profiling is a necessary skill

Out on a Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It’s amazing how the so called news media and special interest groups distort words in our language.

Remember when gay meant really happy?

How about when freedom of choice meant eating what you liked or going the church of your choice?

Now there is “undocumented alien” to modify the crime of entering our country without legal passage.

The distortion that really grinds on me is inferring that “profiling” is bad and intolerant.

In reality, profiling is a very necessary and useful skill.

We expect police to be really good at it so they can spot a potential situation and stop it before the crime happens, not after.

In business, supervisors need to be able to profile employees so that they can be assigned to the job at which they can be most effective.

Store employees need to profile customers to spot and keep an eye on potential shoplifters.

Teachers in schools at all levels need to be exceptionally skillful at profiling students. You may call it the ability to analyze the student for both potential for good or potential for problems.

The skill of profiling becomes really critical when you are selecting a person for a lifetime relationship. Unfortunately, emotions often blind us, and good judgment comes too late.

The flip side to all this is that we profile ourselves. We deliberately set out to create an image of ourselves so that those encountering us will automatically profile us.

The way we dress, the way we fix our hair (or whiskers), the vehicle we drive and many other things we do are a deliberate action to control how others profile us.

We even profile people by their accent. I was listening last evening to a lady and trying to guess where she was from. When she told me, I automatically had all kinds of images based on my knowledge of her native land.

I culturally profiled her. That action was politically incorrect but I couldn’t help doing it.

All of a sudden it’s bad to racially profile a person.

You can’t help it. It’s automatic. If you see someone with MS13 tattooed on his neck, don’t prejudge him just because he looks like a gang thug. Don’t worry about your daughters because he’s probably just a victim of society. Of course I’m being sarcastic. The curious thing is that government on the one hand condemns so-called racial profiling, then turns right around and does it blatantly.

Garfield School District Re-2 recently handed out a racial profiling questionnaire mandated by the federal government.

The questionnaire was to “enable individuals to be identified in ethnic and racial classifications and in more than one racial category when appropriate.”

What happened to the American melting pot concept?

Are some racially profiled kids going to get special consideration? Is race really a factor in student achievement? Did a student really get an F for not filling it out?

If racial profiling is bad for police why is it OK for public schools?

This is not just a double standard, it’s divided into seven racial categories.

The questionnaire also states that if you refuse to answer they will answer it for you.

Serving as a university trustee I discovered that American Indians already get free college tuition.

In fact I have seen universities that had a black student council in addition to the regular one.

Come to think of it, doesn’t the Senate have a black caucus?

Now we need a Mexican caucus and maybe an Asian one.

God forbid that we come up with a “white caucus.”

I’m for having a Christian caucus. In fact Zephaniah 3:9 says, “At that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve Him with one accord.”

I’m looking forward to “that time.”

Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle.


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