Racism and sexism always come with excuses. However, if you say racist things, you’re a racist.
It’s time to call people on this, for both pragmatic and moral reasons.
It’s worth remembering that the inconvenience and injustice of the TSA’s activities exists for literally no reason. If the agency’s privacy violations and annoying carry-on regulations were merely the price we paid for reducing the incidence of terrorist attacks, that’d be one thing. But, as security expert Bruce Schneier likes to note, there’s no evidence that the TSA has ever prevented a terrorist attack, and there’s some research suggesting it could serve to increase non-airborne terrorist attacks. Airline security is, so far as we can tell, totally useless.
It is within Obama’s power to tell the FCC they fucked up, but don’t hold your breath — it would seem if it cannot be cured by a drone strike, then it cannot be cured by this administration.