Should Muslims Be Racially Profiled?

Should Muslims be racially profiled in the U.S. to prevent attacks of terror like the recent San Bernardino shooting? Donald Trump seems to think so. Think Progress reports that the presidential hopeful wants to “track and racially profile” people and their families to prevent terrorism.

The comments were made during an interview with Face the Nation host John Dickerson. Dickerson asked Trump how the U.S. could prevent another mass shooting from happening again, to which Trump bluntly answered with his support of racial profiling. He also used the opportunity to attack the POTUS, Barack Obama.

“You have people that have to be tracked. If they’re Muslims, they’re Muslims. But you have people that have to be tracked. And we’ve better be — I use the word vigilance. We have to show vigilance. We have to have it. And if we don’t, we’re foolish people. You know, we’re really — we’re being led by people that don’t know what’s happening. When you have President Obama talking about global warming is our biggest problem, we have a president that is just not with it at all.”

Trump also declared that he doesn’t believe the family members of the San Bernardino shooting were ignorant of their plans. He believes that the families of shooters “[knew] exactly what was going to happen.”

This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has called for Muslims to be racially profiled. Last month indicated his support for “warrantless searches” and “increased surveillance” of Muslim people. He also indicated support for registering Muslims on a database registry, much like how sex offenders are registered. Some critics have compared this opinion with what Hitler did to Jewish people during the holocaust. Trump’s points of view have angered liberal Americans, and Americans who are practicing Muslims.

Negative sentiment toward Muslims is active on social media, while others are arguing against lumping an entire religion into the actions of extremists. Meanwhile, ABC News reports that Muslims in the U.S. are “struggling” to find the way to condemn the recent acts in San Bernardino. Other reports are arguing that Muslims don’t need to apologize for the actions of what they see as only a few extreme people.

Donald Trump blames “political correctness” on the shooting that happened in San Bernardino. He believes that if neighbors or loved ones knew how to come forward to warn people about the behavior of these two people, a shooting may have been prevented.

“A lot of people knew what was going on in that house or that apartment and people were not wanting to call because they thought it would be inappropriate to call. They were saying that they would’ve been profiling and a person said, ‘We sort of knew what was going on but we don’t want to profile…’ If they thought there was something wrong with that group and they saw what was happening and they didn’t want to call the police because they didn’t want to be profiling. I think that’s pretty bad… Everybody wants to be politically correct and that’s the problem we have in our country.”

Do you think Donald Trump is right about his opinions on political correctness? Could some people have had suspicions about the San Bernardino shooters that could have prevented the disaster that unfolded? Could another terror attack be prevented on U.S. soil if Muslims are racially profiled and put under constant surveillance?

[Image via Shutterstock]