We will discuss the Controversial topic of profiling (not just racial profiling). In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, and in our continual fight against terrorism, is profiling justified or an unfair and ineffective tactic?
Is profiling of hoodies wrong? Even though it is the summer, feel free to wear a hoodie.
The main meeting on Racial Profiling will be in a couple of weeks at Taverna Plaka. There is already 19 people on that meeting's wait list. This hiking meeting will be a more informal meeting for talking to some fellow hikers about the subject. Feel free to come to both meetings. For those who want to discuss the subject, but are not on the RSVP list as a "Yes" for the main meeting, this hiking meeting may be a good opportunity.
Mike S. found a great article about this topic.
Richard Cohen's understanding of George Zimmerman:
Ta-nehisi Coates's rebuttal:
Cohen sites a stat that says "78 percent of all shooting suspects" are black men, yet blacks only represent 25% of the population.
Should statistics like these justify racial profiling? Should "looking" middle eastern make someone go through extra airport security?
Given police and security force resource limitations, can racial profiling make them more effective? Or does it do more harm in the long term?
What better time to discuss profiling than when getting some exercise!
I have gone on many hikes with meetup groups and often there are some great discussions on a number of topics. So, hopefully, each of us can have a number of great discussions on the topic of profiling as we talk to different hikers along the hike!
There may be fast hikers, and there may be slow hikers. We will hike like an inch worm with the fast hikers either waiting for the slow hikers periodically or hiking back to them.
Hiking will be from 6:30 to 8pm. This is a fun hike, so do not bring any book or reference material...If you want, bring a water bottle.
We will start at the Chattahoochee River headquarters in the Island Ford NRA. The trail along the river is flat and looks out on class I whitewater rapids. The trails above the river are on hills leading to scenic streams and lakes.
Read about it at Georgia Hikes: http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGD175-053
A map is here: http://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/upload/2006IslandFordB&W.pdf
*There is a $3 parking fee... unless you have the annual pass (If you do not have an annual parking pass for the Chattahoochee NRA, you can pick one up here)*
This park is off of the Northridge exit 6 on Highway 400. If coming from the South, cross the bridge over GA 400, stay in the right lane, imediately turn right onto Dunwoody Place, travel .5 mile (1/2mile), turn right onto Roberts Drive and travel another .7 mile to Island Ford Parkway --sign on the right marks the park. (Coming from the North the exit loops around and you travel straight ahead onto Dunwoody Place) and follow the directions above. Travel to the end of Island Ford Parkway, next to the the brown visitor center and office buildings, with restrooms-(3rd parking lot on the road)