In the coming days we will hear about the need for gun control, questions of radicalization, the need for metal detectors and frisking stations everywhere, and other forms of political agendas at play in the wake of the horrific shootings in San Bernardino. One thing that will not get nearly enough attention is the possibility that political correctness prevented a neighbor from reporting suspicious activity in the days leading up to the shooting because she didn’t want to “profile these people because she believed they were of Middle Eastern descent.”
So far, all we have a second-hand account and a few Tweets from reporters. That’s obviously not enough to be considered a credible report, but it’s quite possible that we won’t be able to get a credible report on this issue. It’s not politically correct. It isn’t the narrative that the mainstream media is going to want to report whether it’s true or not.
— Will Carr (@WillCarrFNC) December 3, 2015
Racial profiling is a dangerous thing. It can cause harm when abused, but there’s a bigger problem at play. When does the desire to not be seen racially profiling prevent citizens or even law enforcement from acting on their instincts? It’s obviously a delicate situation, but it brings up important questions.
If the neighbor had reported the strange activity, which allegedly includes half a dozen men working late at night and reception of several packages, could the shooting have been stopped?
If it had been people who weren’t of “Middle Eastern descent,” would the neighbor have thought that the activity was suspicious?
Political correctness cannot be allowed to paralyze this nation, but that agenda is already at play. As a rule, if something seems suspicious, report it. We cannot let fear of being called out for racial profiling prevent us from acting on our instincts.