Thread: Avoidance cues
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Old January 23, 2019, 08:18 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Ricklin View Post
I shall note that a previous poster jumped right to racial profiling.

Yes, racial profiling is against the law. We all profile people, day in and day out. I'm a sales rep, and the products I sell run to 5, 6 and 7 figures.

Am I profiling when working with a client? Heck yes. I'm keying on body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, because I need to have a clue as to what the client is thinking, am I presenting the right things to "push their buttons" or do I need to adjust my approach?

We all profile, it's normal human behavior. Racial profiling? That's a different thing, and is pretty disgusting.
I'm aware of the difference. My point was comments like, "But that's not PC," or, "They used to do that in the past but don't allow it now", are essentially disregarding why the use of profiling in certain ways in the past became problematic. There are absolutely ways in which profiling to identify a threat are useful. And there are absolutely ways in which profiling can be used to propagate racial stereotypes. It's not all bad and it's not all good. Like most things in life, the difference is in the details.

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