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I think that profiling depends on the area where a person lives or the frequency of crimes by a racial or ethnic group. I live in Chicago, so I am a lot more cautious of teen-age or younger adult black males. Much of the crime here is being committed by them. I was robbed by one at work 3 years ago, as were many stores in the area, so I am on alert when a group of them enter the store. I'd say that most of my customers are black, but I'm not in the least frightened of black women and older men.
When my daughter and I were travelling a few times in the rural South, I profiled the typical "good old boy" type of characters in smaller towns. One time, my daughter wanted to take a walk to get food from a small store near a motel that we were staying at. It was dark, and a bunch of them were sitting in the back of a pick-up truck drinking beer and whistling at her when she walked out of the room. My maternal instinct kicked in, and I told her that we would drive there.
Years ago, I worked in an area of the city that had a lot of new immigrants from Eastern Europe. They might still be called "gypsies" today, but they would enter the store as a family, One would ask questions while the others, children included, would stuff items into their pockets and purses. If some were drunk, I knew that it would be hard to get them out of the store when I worked alone.
None of my actions were based on anything other than knowing that certain segments of society caused problems. Even Jesse Jackson said, years ago, that he felt relieved when he turned around and found a bunch of white teens behind him.