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October 1, 2010 3:31 AM

Commentary: Understanding what 'racial profiling' really is

It's a funny thing about words: sometimes, they convey meaning but not necessarily understanding. Take the term "racial profiling." Author Joseph Collum of Plantation says the Oxford English Dictionary credits him with coining it in 1989 when he was an investigative TV reporter in New Jersey. We all get its meaning: law enforcement personnel targeting citizens by their skin color. But to truly understand what racial profiling is, it helps to hear a story like that of Chris Stubbs.

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