Jacob Sullum on Obama's Silence About Racial Profiling in New York


David Shankbone

Three days before President Obama seized upon George Zimmerman's acquittal as an opportunity to talk about racial profiling, he offered effusive praise for New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, long a target of criticism for law enforcement practices that discriminate based on skin color and ethnicity. Senior Editor Jacob Sullum says the juxtaposition of these comments suggests Obama would rather attack an easy target than confront issues with much clearer implications for equality under the law.