Saturday Tangent: How the US deals with Arizona racial profiling: Federal lawsuits and Jon Stewart humor
Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on July 10th, 2010
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Hi Blog. We’ve recently been discussing racial profiling on this blog, comparing what’s happening in Arizona with new immigration laws vs what goes on as SOP in Japanese police law enforcement and gaijin harassment.
What’s interesting for me is how the US deals with it: They actually discuss it. First watch this Jon Stewart Daily Show excerpt (courtesy of Dave Spector) on the subject and then we’ll woolgather:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
So let’s recount the important differences apparent in this video:
1) In the US, they have not only a presidential administration making clear statements against racial profiling, but also a judiciary filing federal suit against errant state policy that would condone that. Imagine either of those happening in Japan.
2) In the US, the voices of minorities are actually being heard — and listened to — somewhere. Imagine THAT happening in Japan!
3) In the US, police training materials and the actual text of law enforcement are coming under scrutiny! Imagine… oh you get the idea.
4) In the US, they have things such as satire and sarcasm to enable people to take this apart with the very powerful tool of humor, and an investigative media that can hold people accountable for what they say and do! (God bless the Daily Show!)
These are some things that societies with healthier civil societies have at their disposal for analysis and debate. Arudou Debito in Sapporo