'If you see a white person...say something'

In New York City, where I live, the "If you see something, say something" signs are ubiquitous.  Certainly sound advice, at least in the abstract, as regards the war on terror and criminality.  Unfortunately, in settings obsessing over the feelings of certain minority groups, alerting the authorities about apparent suspicious behavior can be personally risky.  Indeed, save in extreme situations, it's best to keep quiet or quickly flee the scene. To understand this troubling situation, consider that to the trained eye (particularly police officers' eyes), suspicious behavior is nearly everywhere.  An especially common example is people who appear out of place or at least cannot offer credible explanations for their presence.  How should the police react when encountering at 5:00 A.M. a well dressed German tourist in a black neighborhood notorious for drug-dealers and hookers?  One can only reasonably...(Read Full Article)
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