Profiling Terror

Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 1, 2003

Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 48

Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies Working Paper Series No. 31

59 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2006  

Sharon L. Davies

Ohio State University College of Law

Abstract

In this article, Professor Davies critiques the post-September 11 arguments offered by a number of criminal justice scholars in favor of proposals that would subject Arabs and Muslims to some degree of ethnic profiling. The article disputes the suggestion that such profiling proposals are in fact importantly different from the now-discredited racial profiling practices directed at African-American and Latino males in drug interdiction efforts along the nation's highways. Professor Davies argues that in a nation that claims upwards of 3.5 million persons of Arab descent, the amorphous ethnic characteristic of Middle Eastern-ness alone possesses no useful predictive power for separating innocents from potential terrorists.

Keywords: racial profiling, ethnic profiling, September 11, Muslims, Arabs, Middle Easterners, Fourth Amendment, searches and seizures

JEL Classification: H56, K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Davies, Sharon L., Profiling Terror. Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 1, 2003; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 48; Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies Working Paper Series No. 31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=870313

Sharon Lee Davies (Contact Author)

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