4 Racial Profiling Cases That Expose the Reality of Trump’s America

President Donald Trump promised to “make America great again,” but he never clarified exactly who he would make it great for. Since Trump took office, violent attacks and harassment against people of color have escalated. Unsurprisingly, many in the country fear deportation or victimization by a growing white supremacist movement.

President Trump’s new immigration roundup of undocumented residents, as well as his insistence on a discriminatory travel ban, has added an extra dose of paranoia in the country. And the recent news of a white supremacist stabbing a black man to death as “practice” for a larger racially-based murder spree certainly highlights just how emboldened racists have become since election day.

Racial profiling has increased dramatically since inauguration, but members of Trump’s administration aren’t the only perpetrators. Here are just four cases of police, airport security and even a waiter deciding who “really belongs” in the U.S.

1. U.S. citizen Hassan Aden detained entering the country

Aden, a former North Carolina police chief, was kept in a detention center at an airport for over an hour, despite the fact that agents had no cause to pull him aside other than his name.

CNN reported:

Aden said he was taken to a room with signs that said “Remain seated at all times” and “use of telephones strictly prohibited.” The retired police chief from Greenville, North Carolina, said those were clear indications he was being detained. He said he stayed there for an hour and a half. Aden told the [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] officer he was a former police chief and US citizen. But neither fact helped his case. “His ignorance of the law and the Fourth Amendment should disqualify him from being able to wear a CBP badge – but maybe fear and detention is the new mission of the CBP and the Constitution is a mere suggestion,” Aden said.

CBP claims that Aden’s name was the same as a suspect on a watch list, but Aden noted that it had never come up before. In fact, his name is quite common for those who share his ethnicity.

2. Singer Wyclef Jean arrested as robbery suspect

One black man in a red bandana apparently looks like the next to L.A. police. And that’s exactly how Wyclef Jean ended up handcuffed by officers as a suspected gas station robber. The police apologized for the mistake but also blamed Jan for being “furtive” when they pulled him over.

ABC News described the incident:

After an initial statement from police, Jean took to Twitter a second time this morning to write, “I was asked by the police to Put my hands up. Then I was told do not move. I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself. Nor was I told why I was being cuffed. In the process I said my name and told them they have wrong person. They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person.” The artist added that, “As some one who has law enforcers in my family, I was appalled by this behavior of the [police].”

3. Multiple international acts blocked from SXSW

Jean isn’t the only musician having issues, either. South by Southwest, the annual Austin, Texas music festival, had to forgo a number of acts this year due to the Trump travel ban. International performers faced some serious issues at the border, all because they had the wrong visas.

Unsurprisingly, there were some racial issues involved, too. The Independent explained:

As well as issues with travel documents there have also been accusations of racial profiling and abuse of artists and their teams by US border officials. Korean rapper Don Malik was reportedly turned away after being called “chink” at San Francisco International airport where he landed with his team for a layover. Egyptian-Canadian post-hardcore band Massive Scar Era were turned away from the Canadian US border last week.

4. Waiter asked customers for “proof of residency.”

But it’s not just airport security and police officers that are at the center of the issue, either. In fact, everyday people now feel emboldened to make people “prove” they legally belong in the U.S. In California, that mentality even led to a waiter asking a table of Latina customers, “Can I see your proof of residency? I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you.” Thankfully, the server was fired, and the restaurant apologized, but it is unlikely that this incident will be a solitary one in Trump’s America.

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Marie W
Marie W5 months ago

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Carl R
Carl R9 months ago

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret G9 months ago

Brian F. wrote, " ... It was just another expected step toward a Marxist government where no citizen has a right to say or do anything against the government and its politicians. The old Soviet Union did it. China and Syria are still doing it and the Socialist States of America will soon be doing it. ... " I am confused. I thought that Brian F. was a Democratic Socialist like the person he admires, Bernie Sanders. So why is Brian using the word Socialist disparagingly?

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Brett Cloud
Brett Cloud9 months ago

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Brett Cloud
Brett Cloud9 months ago

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Carl R
Carl R9 months ago

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Carl R
Carl R9 months ago

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Elaine W
Elaine W9 months ago

Noted with angst.

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Joan E
Joan E9 months ago

Trump has already made America horrible again.

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Brian F
Brian F9 months ago

David Y I have to agree with Dan. Yes, I should have kept my mouth shut, and fully supported her, so Trump could lose, instead of pointing out the flaws in both candidates as I did, as you pointed out. However the larger point is that the democrats have become corrupt like the republicans, in the pockets of Wall Street, big pharma, banks, and corporations, and will have to clean up their corruption if they are going to be a party that supports the working poor, what's left of the diminished working class, minorities and everyone else. Hillary made it easy for the republicans to attack her, because of the WikiLeaks emails, the money she took for speeches, and her support of the TPP, which even Trump opposed. Now the democrats with their new Obama installed Wall Street puppet leader Tom Perez are blocking Bernie Sanders from having any power, so they can continue their corruption. Their is no proof that Russia hacked the elections. I'm not saying let's not investigate, but let's focus on rooting out the corruption in the democratic party, and forcing them to allow Bernie Sanders to lead it, and run again in 2020. We need to continue to resist and attack this fraud Trump, and the corrupt republicans, who only care about the rich, and want to destroy our environment, but we must also fix the problems in the democratic party, root out their corruption, and force them to allow true honest progressives like Bernie Sanders to lead i

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