Racial profiling targets describe pain of double standard

Tuesday, September 30th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- The third in a national series of public hearings on racial profiling has been conducted in Tulsa by Amnesty International.

Benjamin Jealous, director of Amnesty's US Domestic Human Rights Program, says a distrust of other cultures has developed after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Etti Arabzadeh, an Iranian-American, wept as she recalled the day in April 2002 she was turned away from a flight to Dallas at Oklahoma City's airport.

She says her luggage and purse were searched by hand and a handheld metal detector was waved over her body.

Louis Gray, an Osage Indian, racial profiling is a way of life for American Indians.

Sheryl Siddiqui of the Islamic Society of Tulsa says the problem for Muslims is national post-September 11th policies.