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The Atlantic: Are Democrats Softening Opposition to Racial Profiling?


NYPD Commissioner Raymond KellyAn article in  The Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf makes the argument that the Democrats who have long fought against racial profiling may be changing their stance.

This week, President Obama said that New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly(pictured left) would be a good choice to replace Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security Chief.

Napolitano on Friday turned in her resignation effective in September in anticipation of being confirmed as the next president of the University of California.

Kelly has been mentioned as one of several people who could potentially take over for Napolitano.

Mr. Kelly might be very happy where he is.” said President Obama. “But if he’s not I’d want to know about it. ‘Cause you know, obviously he’d be very well qualified for the job.”

Senator Charles Schumer of New York echoed the President’s sentiments.

“Ray Kelly has extensive experience with anti-terrorism, with homeland security and he’s run a very large organization, the NYPD, extremely well for over a decade,” he said in a video release. “And so Ray Kelly would be a great choice for Secretary of Homeland Security.”

Kelly has been roundly criticized in the Muslim American community for the racial profiling of South Asian Americans. The Associated Press reported the campaign has never generated a single lead or triggered an investigation. Kelly has staunchly defended his program.

Writes Friedersdorf:

Racial and ethnic profiling isn’t a dealbreaker for Democratic elites anymore. A few Democratic congressmen are speaking up. But the Democratic establishment is largely fine with Commissioner Kelly

You can read Friedersdorf entire argument in The Atlantic then voice your opinion below.





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