[Jobs] A final response to the discussion thread yesterday...past blog post

Robert Sollars robertsollars2 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 21:15:11 UTC 2018


This is a blog post I published a couple of years ago. With the discussion
we had yesterday about Keystone and blindpeople
yadda, yadda,yadda, I
thought this would be a good time to share it here. Because we are all
guilty of this
whether we want to think so or not. This was written for
security but it applies to everyone.

(if you wish to read current posts, www.robertdsollars.com
<http://www.robertdsollars.com> )

Robert

 

Who have you profiled today?

                Innumerable discussions, arguments, and even a few knock
down drag outs have happened because the generalized thought is that we
profile certain ethnic and religious groups. I want to tell you one thing
and settle this once and for all; well I can hope can’t I? We do profile
people.

But it’s not just Hispanics, black kids with hoody’s, and people with darker
skin from the Middle East. 

                But is this fair to generalize an entire group of people
simply based on the color of their skin, religion, sexual orientation, or
whatever? Whether we believe we do or not, we do. We profile people every
second, minute, & single day of the year. Here are some examples of how we
do; 

1.	Those damned rent-a-cops who just want to make your job harder to do
and restrict your movements
2.	The man wobbly walking down the street, he’s drunk
3.	The teenager who is wearing their pants on their butt and can’t walk
right –gang banger
4.	What about the person who cuts you off in traffic? They are such an
idiot 
5.	The tantrum throwing brat in the grocery store? The parents don’t
know how to discipline such brats
6.	What about the employee with red rheumy eyes? They are an alcoholic
7.	The person who can’t seem to concentrate very well, talk about space
cadet on drugs
8.	The security officer with food on their shirt, they are slovenly and
don’t care
9.	The person who rants and raves against everything, they must be
mentally unhinged
10.	The young boy who profiles a gorgeous classmate, he is such a sexist
11.	The elderly couple in the mall who look warily at a group of youths
wearing hoodies, they are fools and too old to matter 
12.	The job applicant who doesn’t wear appropriate clothes to the
interview, they should know better
13.	The security officer at the entrance of a building, he’s a hard
ass****
14.	The person who never smiles or goes out with co-workers, they are a
jerk 

 

These are just a few of the ways that we profile people on a daily basis,
sometimes on an hourly one. In most of these cases they are probably good
reasons why they are doing what they are, or not, doing. After we profile
them, then that profile sticks in our mind, possibly forever. 

                Who have you profiled today alone and be honest? Do you
remember the old cliché making a good first impression? Well, that is the
basis for profiling someone. If they make a bad impression then we profile
them. Maybe not intentionally, but


                Every single day we make hundreds, possibly thousands, of
profiles of people we see. Some of them may be valid and others may not.
Some of our profiling will target bad people and unfortunately other
profiling will render judgment on good people that may not be fair, like the
people above.

Here are some possible explanations of them;

1.	Any thought that they are trying to keep you and everyone safe from
harm?
2.	Is it possible he is having a medical issue, stroke, epileptic
seizure, diabetic shock, or similar
3.	No possibility he is just trying to fit in with his friends, albeit
badly
4.	Could they possibly be late or just didn’t see you in the mirror?
5.	The child couldn’t possibly be sick and the single parent trying to
get some medicine
6.	There can’t be any medical condition that causes this is there?
7.	The same goes for them. No way have they had a recent stroke or
another neurological issue
8.	Did it ever occur that someone threw something on them or upset
their meal plate?
9.	Maybe they are just passionate, or angry, about the issues they rant
about
10.	Which of us guys haven’t said something about a gorgeous woman,
privately or not, even at an advanced age?
11.	They watch the news and see how many thugs have their hoodies
covering their faces when they do harm
12.	If they are poor they may be doing their best to look presentable
even in t-shirt and jeans
13.	Is he truly a heartless ass or just following the rules &
regulations?
14.	Any thought to them being shy, no money, or something else?

 

In the security field, it’s not necessarily the right thing to do to profile
someone, yet we instruct our officers and managers to profile employees,
vendors, & visitors one way or another. But taking a different perspective
on this, do we have to profile others in order to protect the company,
client, employees, visitors, and even the country? 

                Unequivocally, YES. Because if we don’t then we’re not doing
our job. Do we need, as security professionals, to temper this with common
sense and training so we don’t accuse someone recklessly of theft,
terrorism, or other hooliganish behavior? YES we do.

                Take a look at the items above and see where we can profile
inadvertently. Then look at the fact that we may be mistaken and we need to
take a second look and dismiss any threat. All I ask is that next time you
begin to accuse someone of profiling, look back and see who YOU have
profiled in the past hour or day yourself, and why.

 

 

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