Supreme Court Declines to Consider Religious Discrimination and Racial Profiling Cases

October 2, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 2, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the Supreme Court, showing little interest in the issue of racial profiling, refused Monday to hear a challenge to a small New York town's decision to stop and question every young black man in the area as police looked for a crime suspect who was black. The court also turned away a job bias claim from a Muslim woman who says her boss at a rental car agency told her she could not wear a full head scarf while serving customers...The two cases were among more than 1,800 the court dismissed as it opened its new term.

"Since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Bush and Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, among others, have been quick to say that racial profiling and religious discrimination are wrong and should not be tolerated. But the Supreme Court has steered clear of those issues for the past decade. The justices have not issued a single ruling on racial profiling or seized a chance to clarify the line between legitimate police searches and unconstitutional racial discrimination."