Roundup Guilty Of Racial Profiling



The claim in your recent editorial that, "There is a fine line between enforcing the laws and racial profiling" is baloney, pure and simple. Enforcing the rule of law applies to everyone. Racial profiling is directed at a specific racial or ethnic group. You can't get much more straightforward and clear-cut.

If there's any racial profiling being done, it's by the Roundup's editor who resorts to the old and shopworn trick of playing the race card.

The ordinance is against "illegal aliens," not Latinos. Illegal aliens come in all colors and national origins -- like the 100,000 Irish illegal aliens in the United States and even more illegals from Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, the Philippines, also from the Middle East and Africa.

With the planned features, it's the Roundup who has chosen "members of the Latino community" rather than immigrants at large. Surely, Payson's residents include immigrants from other ethnic and racial groups beside "Latinos." Why does the Roundup disregard their stories and contributions to the community?

If you claim the "ordinance is not about skin color or race," why do you insist on raising the issue and practicing racial profiling?

It's obvious that the Roundup is doing the racial profiling and playing the race card, yet hurries to pin that label on others. People (or editors) who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

As for your comment that you had heard "firsthand stories from people of Latin descent -- legal residents of the United States -- who feel they are being treated differently," let's have substantiated factual accounts that show both sides of the event, not simply anecdotes that serve a specific agenda.

As for factual and substantiated accounts, just how does the Roundup plan to verify that the subjects of your features are indeed in the United States legally?

Jerry Bessler, Chuck Thompson, Payson

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