This story has been on the front-page of Newspapers; Gulf News says, "Arabs and Muslims are increasingly complaining of being singled out in western airports for racial profiling."
Such profiling happens when ignorant and incompetent set of people develop security systems in a first world nation such as the United States. To be prejudiced needs no intellectual capacity.
Sha'ali was discriminated and denied of basic human rights and dignity. Now that he is back in his country, Sha'ali should talk to a certain Madan Mohan Sharma, who was Jailed and fined for no fault of his. He would then be in a position to lead a great new awakening of a national conscience.
It is true, very true, that prejudices exist in a very crude form. Most of us have been through many such painful experiences due to various forms of prejudices: racist, sexist, class....
Having said that, it is quite easy to lay the blame on governments, regimes and the public sector. Even in the private sector and in personal lives we find that prejudices are a part of life. Sad.
What needs to be done is to educate millions and millions of people that ALL MEN AND WOMEN ARE EQUAL AND DESERVES RESPECT.
Discrimination is a crime. There is no innocence in a crime committed out of ignorance. Most cases of discrimination and lack of respect to the other person can be tracked back to sheer ignorance. That is why we need to educate people on how to be decent citizens.
Not just charity begins at home. Decency too begins at home.