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"I want all Arabs to be stripped naked and cavity-searched"

That's the opening of an opinion column that appeared in the collegiate newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. It's an eye-opening read by an Ann Coulter wannabe.
I want all Arabs to be stripped naked and cavity-searched if they get within 100 yards of an airport. I don’t care if they’re being inconvenienced. I don’t care if it seems as though their rights are being violated. I care about my life. I care about the lives of my family and friends.
(You can read the whole column here.)
Unfortunately, she's not alone in her sentiments. I've heard this repeatedly, in email exchanges and on message boards. To me, it's reminiscent of the broadstroke roundup of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor. It also eerily reminds me of the premise of the great (prophetic) movie, The Seige, starring Denzel Washington. I'll save my lengthy commentary about racism in America for another future post. But I want to leave you with this thought: Americans are responsible for more deaths of Americans every year than all the acts of Arabic terrorists combined. In 2001, the year that 3000 Americans were killed by terrorist attacks on September 11th, more than 10,000 Americans were killed by non-Arabs. That's just in one year. We need some perspective here. If we are so concerned about our safety... if we, as the columnist said, "care about my life... care about the lives of my family and friends" that much, then we need to turn our focus inward first. Perhaps, so we can all feel safer, every person — no matter what their ethnicity — should be stripped naked and cavity-searched. Let's not worry if "they're being inconvenienced." Let us, as the columnist said, not "care if it seems as though their rights are being violated." What's good for the goose, is good for the gander. White people scare me more than non-white people — and I'm white. If civil liberties no longer mean anything, then let's all be subject to these "thorough" searches to ensure that we're all safe. As the great philosophers of Good Will Hunting would say, "how do you like them apples?"

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