Reports of wide­spread racial pro­filing at Logan Inter­na­tional Air­port — and news of a fed­eral inves­ti­ga­tion into the prac­tice — have pro­voked con­cern and calls for change, but little surprise.

I’m a little depressed,” said Jack McDe­vitt, director of the Insti­tute on Race and Jus­tice at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, which doc­u­mented wide­spread racial inequities in a 2004 study of traffic stops by Mass­a­chu­setts police. “I had hoped that using behav­ioral cues could be race neu­tral.… It shows how hard it is to dis­en­tangle race.”

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