Some time back, I was going to Canada from the US, poss. with my parents. I don’t remember when it was. But it was definitely before 9-11. Anyways, as we waited in line, I saw something that seemed a little odd at first. The Canadian customs officer pulled the nun ahead of us out of the line for closer scrutiny (i.e., a more-intensive search). I may not know everything there is to know about Canadian culture. But I assume they think nuns are typically innocuous (even if they are Americans). Then I realized the reason why: there was an African American in line just after the nun. I guess the Canadian official thought if he searched a (white) nun ahead of him, the African American wouldn’t protest as much!
That actually got me to thinking though. What exactly are the rules governing racial profiling in Canada? Are they the same as ours? How do they differ? Also, Canada now has the Charter of Rights (basically their newer version of our Bill of Rights). How does this come into play?
And, yes, I am not just concerned about Canada. Indeed, how do all “modern industrialized countries” (Australia, Israel, Germany, etc.) deal with this issue?
And yes, finally, this is a factual question. Please do not make it into a philosophical debate about racial profiling in general:).
Thank you in advance to all who reply:)