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:
- The men are carrying Bibles and you overhear conversations about a Bible study they have just left.
- 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.