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ACLU Scolds Holder for Failing to End Racial Profiling

Racial profiling that became widespread during the Bush days is still with us, according a new report co-authored by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Despite U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s willingness to talk about race in America and his pledge to end racial profiling, his Department of Justice hasn’t done much to dismantle Bush-era guidelines on national security; Those guidelines not only promote racial profiling by the Federal Bureau of Investigation but create justification for state and local law enforcement agents to do it too, the ACLU charges.

"Racial profiling remains a widespread and pervasive problem throughout the U.S., impacting the lives of millions of people in the African American, Asian, Latino, South Asian, Arab and Muslim communities," Chandra Bhatnagar, staff attorney with the ACLU Human Rights Program and the main author of the report said in a press release. "The U.S. government must take urgent, direct action to rid the nation of the scourge of racial and ethnic profiling and bring this country into conformity with both the Constitution and international human rights obligations."

The ACLU made the charges in a report to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To read the press release or the entire report, click here.

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  • Q

    Good Lord Christine, I'm not going to shoot the messenger, but the ACLU needs to chill a moment. They expect Holder to roll back 8 years of Bush, 16 years of a presence in Iraq, Jim Crow, Slavery, and a weak immigration policy in 6 months? Racial Profiling was wrong from the start, but it surely didn't start with Bush Policy and it surely won't change with the stroke of a pen. It has to change in the MINDS of the Law Enforcement community and their supervisors.

  • Christine MacDonald

    Q, Glad you're not messenger-shooting mode! I agree it's a complicated issue, but just thought I should be bring this news to the attention of CP people.