The University of Minnesota recently adopted a policy of not identifying the race of crime suspects.
In the words of university vice president Pamela Wheelock, "Crime Alerts that include race reinforce stereotypes of Black men as threats."
(But isn't she reinforcing those very stereotypes by making that statement?)
I actually think this is a wonderful idea. In fact, in the interests of discouraging harmful racial stereotypes, I'd like to take it a step further.
I propose that from now on we ban all video broadcasts of the Olympics, because it might lead people to the racist belief that black people are faster sprinters than white people. After all, in the past eight Olympics, dating all the way back to 1984, every single finalist in the men's 100 meter dash has been black.
That's 64 out of 64 finalists.
That's the kind of statistic that might cause some to jump to the erroneous conclusion that whites are not as talented at sprinting. But that is an invidious stereotype we must take great pains to avoid.
While we're at it, we should also ban all broadcasts of NBA games (where 80% of the players are black) and NFL games (where 60% are).
Those statistics encourage discriminatory thinking as well.
It's hard to believe in this day and age, there actually are Neanderthals out there who will jump to discriminatory conclusions based on such hate facts.