After the September 11th terrorist attacks, many Arab Americans were discriminated against by airline employees and passengers. Many people did not feel comfortable or safe flying with anyone who appeared to be Arab.
Do you think this treatment of Arabs was justified by the legitimate concerns over air safety? Why? How does treating Arab travelers differently compare with racial profiling of African Americans? Both groups are perceived to be more likely to commit crimes, but is one type of profiling justified and the other not justified? Why or Why not?