Let's Start Racial Profiling the Angry White Males

Let's Start Racial Profiling the Angry White Males

Since 9-11, racial  and religious profiling has been all the rage. If you are Muslim, look like you could possibly be Muslim, have dark skin or a deep sun-tan, hail from another country where the majority of the population is not white, or have brown hair and brown eyes, you have probably been under suspicion for something you did not do. The climate has changed since the early days after the attack and the newly-formed Tea Party members are threatening senators and other elected officials, spewing racial epitaphs, and carrying guns to political rallies just because they can.

Although I’m not normally a fan of racial profiling, I would like to encourage law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens to be on the look-out for white males with noticeably large spare tires around their mid-sections, who are about 5’8” tall or thereabouts, are wearing baseball caps from the 1980’s with tractors on them in a non-ironic way, and who are from red states or districts where Sarah Palin received a lot of public support at her frenzied rallies. These individuals have a fervent reverence for second amendment rights and passion for the NRA and are often unfortunately armed, which makes them much more dangerous than they ought to be. You can also identify them by their placards, which sometimes have mis-spelled words, but almost always have racist comments about the President of the United States.

The United States is engaging in a War on Terror while actively pursuing engagements on foreign soil. We can’t allow the government to forget the possibility of domestic terrorism from the very same people who encouraged racial profiling in the first place. It’s easy to talk about the Tea Party Activists in a joking manner and I am not (as seen above) immune to that particular temptation. The reality is that some of these people pose a serious threat because they are armed, as Bill Clinton pointed out recently in a recent piece about Timothy McVeigh and the federal building.

Joking about profiling them aside, these are the same kinds of people who formed militias in the 1990’s because of their distrust of the government, particularly at the federal level. I am not sure what the best strategy is to deal with them, but believe that the threat that a minority of them pose extends past the polls.