Suppose you are alone in a dark alley at night. You see a group of men coming toward you in the darkness.

Imagine two possibilities:

  1. The men are carrying Bibles and you overhear conversations about a Bible study they have just left.
  2. The men are carrying alcoholic beverages and are talking loudly about how much they hate the police.

If your reaction would be identical regardless which of those two possibilities obtained, I congratulate you; you don’t profile people! You might get beaten and robbed in a situation you could have taken steps to avoid, but you’ll have thought the Right Thoughts. And these days, that’s all that matters.

I suspect, however, that your reaction would vary based on that extra information. In that case, you’ve committed the grievous modern sin of profiling. But you’ll probably make the right decision.

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