With five lawsuits filed in three states last week by the ACLU, all alleging racial profiling of Arabs and Asians on airplanes, Americans could be forgiven for thinking that the Sept. 11 attacks turned the country into a nation of vigilantes and bigots. But the official numbers tell a less alarming story, making it hard to determine if the hike in bias claims since September was serious or even statistically significant.
Post-Sept. 11 'Backlash' Proves Difficult to Quantify
New Jersey Law Journal
June 12, 2002