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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Discouraging racial stereotypes

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.


Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree that the policy of this university is idiotic. We are living in an insane world these days.


John Craig said...

Birdie --
And if you don't pretend to go along with the insanity, you're considered evil.

Anonymous said...

I know. Supposedly, we have intelligent people making these decisions. Where is the common sense?
There is none. We're living in a more censored world, the freedom of speech going out the door. If you voice an opposing view on a sensitive topic, it can really cost you.


jova said...

will they still report on the sex or "gender" of the criminal suspects ?

while these University Vice presidents making these decisions appear foolish to most of us , they are actually making the correct logical choices to advance their careers at American Universities.

John Craig said...

Jova --
You're right, of course. How did we ever get to such a state of affairs?

And you're also right about how no one ever worries that these reports of criminals will foster "discrimination" against men.

Steven said...

Good stuff. Its tantamount to saying if people find out who commited the violent crimes, it will reinforce the stereotype that those people commit violent crimes. There are some idiots out there.

I saw you were mentioned in Jared Taylor's article in the unz review.

I can't argue with a lot of what he says, although I don't exactly come to the same conclusions.

John Craig said...

Steven --
Are you referring to the "half-Asian friend" reference?

I haven't come to the same conclusions about what should be done as Jared has, either, though I don't disagree with him on his analysis of the current situation.

Mark Caplan said...

A colorful city official in Charlotte, NC, ordered the police department to shut down the part of its website that informed the public of crime incidents because the information would reinforce racial stereotypes. That same official was recently convicted of bribery and public corruption and sent to prison. I won't mention the race of the city official except to say he is unlikely to stand out in prison.

John Craig said...

Mark --
That story is pretty much America in a nutshell.

Steven said...

yeah and 'black people are like whites who have had a few drinks; white people are like Asians who have had a few drinks.' I remember that post.

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't blame Americans if they wanted to stop Mexican immigration. You certainly shouldn't feel morally obliged to accept it, as they try to make you feel.

Lucian Lafayette said...

All stereotypes exist for a reason.

John Craig said...

Luke --