I will forever object to being profiled getting on a plane because I’m not a criminal. And I don’t want to be treated like I’m one either. My ethnic background does not make me a criminal.
And secret services and members of security firms are paid to know who to target and what to investigate. There is nothing throughout the history of my soon to be 26 years on this earth that indicates I’d have any inclinations towards extremist causes. Don’t simply look at me and assume I might be a terrorist sympathiser just because I’m Moroccan. I don’t respect that or see it as anything other than racist.
Do you want to know the extent of how bad my few hours in Paris was?
After getting off a plane and being grilled at passport control, I left the airport (CDG) to catch a shuttle to ORLY airport. At the EXIT door of the airport I was stopped by armed police who instructed me to empty my bags out on the floor. The fucking floor. I refused. I told them if they wanted to see the contents of my bag they are welcome to empty it themselves and pack it back up again afterward. After that, I left the station and was refused help by someone who worked at a bus station.
After getting to ORLY airport I was again stopped by the police and searched again. I got to the entrance to the gates and was searched, pulled into another room and scanned for residue of drugs. They interrogated me. After letting me free I walked into the lobby and no less than 60% of people in there did nothing but stare at me.
I sat down, people got up and moved away from me. People didn’t want to be anywhere near me.
And then I got to the gate of my plane and before boarding was pulled over again.
I don’t care what other people do because that isn’t me. I’m not a terrorist. I’m not a sympathiser. I’m not a fundamentalist. I’m a working class man who is just trying to live a good life and look after my family the same way my father always did.
So I will never appreciate being treated like someone I’m not.
I will never appreciate being routinely stopped by police and searched. I will never appreciate being overlooked for promotions at work because I’m not a white middle class man with an Oxbridge background. I will never appreciate knowing that I’m qualified enough to get a job but also knowing I probably won’t get a call back because of the name on my cv.
And I know the above isn’t what you necessarily said but I went off on a tangent again.