From Heather Mac Donald at City Journal, more evidence that the police are strongly discouraged from fighting crime. Not because the mainstream media and their liberal enablers are pro-crime. No, not at all. Rather, for the simple reason of being unable to acknowledge that blacks and Hispanics commit a hugely disproportionate percentage of crime.
This political correctness has consequences. If actually implemented, as appears the case in New York City, it places the innocent population at greater risk because criminals are less likely to be stopped before they commit their crimes. It also would tend to work against solving the problem of black and Hispanic criminality: you can’t solve a problem if you can’t admit there is one for reasons of political correctness.
Some population and crime data, taken from the City Journal article:
Here are the crime data that the [New York] Times doesn’t want its readers to know: blacks committed 66 percent of all violent crimes in the first half of 2009 (though they were only 55 percent of all stops and only 23 percent of the city’s population). Blacks committed 80 percent of all shootings in the first half of 2009. Together, blacks and Hispanics committed 98 percent of all shootings. Blacks committed nearly 70 percent of all robberies. Whites, by contrast, committed 5 percent of all violent crimes in the first half of 2009, though they are 35 percent of the city’s population (and were 10 percent of all stops). They committed 1.8 percent of all shootings and less than 5 percent of all robberies. The face of violent crime in New York, in other words, like in every other large American city, is almost exclusively black and brown. Any given violent crime is 13 times more likely to be committed by a black than by a white perpetrator… (emphasis added)
These numbers should be shocking to anyone who thinks that blacks or Hispanics are stopped disproportionately for the mere fact of being black or brown.
That’s pure and simple nonsense. Blacks and Hispanics are not criminals because the police stop them. They’re criminals because they commit crimes, and the City Journal article illustrates that, if anything, blacks are not stopped enough.
It will help not one bit to blame the police and accuse every cop who stops a black or Hispanic of being a racist. This only hurts as it deflects attention from addressing the root causes of black and Hispanic criminality.