An anonymous source is telling media that the Department of Justice (DoJ) will be expanding their definition of racial profiling to prevent federal agents from using religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in the investigative process to determine a target’s potential terroristic threat level.
These new guidelines are expected to be revealed by the end of this month with Attorney General Eric Holder working with governors to prevent crime and “protecting civil rights and civil liberties”.
Democrats on Capitol Hill are feeling pressure to have a federal mandate to redefine by restriction and eventually end racial profiling “once and for all.”
Holder spoke to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (AAADC) in 2010, quoting President Obama.
Holder said: “[Obama said] ‘America holds within her the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, all of us share common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities and our God. [But] so long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end.”
The attorney general went on to say that the “us verus them” mentality held by some is “intolerable and it is inconsistent with what America is all about. In this nation, our many faiths, origins and appearances must bind together, not break us apart. In this nation, the document that sets forth the supreme law of the land – our Constitution – is meant to empower, not exclude. And in this nation, security and liberty are – at their best – partners, not enemies, in ensuring safety and opportunity for all.”
In 2013, the DoJ was involved in a public chiding of derogatory comments about Muslims on social media.
The American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee (AMAC) stated at a meeting that there must be a publicly understood distinction between an American Muslim and a Muslim terrorist.
Earlier this year, Obama released federal guidelines for classroom discipline to reduce the amount of racism in public education which contributes to low-income students as being more severely punished for violating school rules.
Holder said : “The problem often stems from well intentioned ‘zero-tolerance’ policies that too often inject the criminal justice system into the resolution of problems. Zero tolerance policies, a tool that became popular in the 1990s, often spell out uniform and swift punishment for offenses such as truancy, smoking or carrying a weapon. Violators can lose classroom time or become saddled with a criminal record.”
Fairness and quality as defined by the federal government is as of now voluntary under strict penalty if these guidelines are not followed.
Arne Duncan, secretary of the DoE stated: “The challenge is finding the balancing act to keep school safe and orderly, but when it comes to routine discipline the first instinct should not be to call 911 when there’s a problem.”
African-American and Hispanic students are directly benefiting from this change that is touted as the end of the “school-to-prison” pipeline that keeps certain groups running through the revolving door of court and jail during their lifetime.
Holder expressed: “Ordinary troublemaking can sometimes provoke responses that are overly severe, including out of school suspensions, expulsions and even referral to law enforcement and then you end up with kids that end up in police precincts instead of the principal’s office.”
Public school personnel are encouraged to collect information and data on students daily which can be handed over to law enforcement.
In a letter to school districts across the nation, the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Department of Education (DoE) have stated : “In our investigations, we have found cases where African-American students were disciplined more harshly and more frequently because of their race than similarly situated white students,” the Justice and Education departments said in a letter to school districts. “In short, racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem.”