According to a New York Times article, a TSA manager was instructed by his supervisor to target Somali-Americans.
Andrew Rhoades, an assistant federal security director for TSA, was told by his supervisor to “provide the names of Somali-American leaders visiting the agency’s local office so they could be screened against national security databases for terrorist ties,” the article stated.
Rhoades didn’t like the racial profiling, and reported it to the Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. The agency said it’s conducting further investigation, and that it’s unfair for people to assume that TSA commonly racially profiles.
Wait, what? TSA doesn’t racially profile? Check out our ongoing convo “Shit TSA Says,” and decide for yourself.
Or, check out a recent segment from The Daily Show that deals with the impact of Islamophobia on the Sikh community, who are frequently targeted because they “look Muslim.”
Thank you, Mr. Rhoades, for speaking up and not letting this incident go. People like you are invaluable assets to the Muslim community.
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