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Pet Sins August 2001 Issue
Color coding of credibility and guilt

We have been conditioned to see some people as less credible and more guilty, regardless of the actual evidence. Some people's concerns are already judged less worthy of consideration than other people's, before we even bother to take the time to weigh the issues or inform ourselves.

There are those who argue that racial profiling, though unpleasant for the individuals being profiled, is an effective way of 'saving time' for law enforcement. Perhaps they should try living a life in which they are profiled everyday for at least 4 years, and if, at the end of it, they still believe it is an acceptable way to treat themselves, their children or anyone else, perhaps they will have a little more credibility.