Looking like asses to the rest of the world ... UK Guardian: If the TSA's 'natural hair patdown' practice is not racial profiling, what is? What does America's Transportation Security Agency (TSA) believe that black people are holding in our hair before we board planes? I was forced to ask myself this question just days ago when two TSA agents halted the security line at Los Angeles International Airport to search my shoulder-length curls for weapons of war. As the country moves into the busy holiday travel season, countless more black and brown Americans with natural hair will be forced to query the same.Over the past year, "natural hair pat downs" have taken place with greater reported frequency. The fact that they occur at all underscores that America's post-racial future still has roots in its racist past. With a twice-elected black man as the country's chief executive, how could the TSA get it so wrong? Short answer: The same way TSA gets just about everything else wrong: Stupidity, and a focus on yesterday's plots and wild rumors.