The New York Times put up a feature on their website asking its readers to “tell us about a time you judged someone based on a stereotype — have racial stereotypes led you to mistreat a neighbor, a colleague, a schoolmate, a fellow commuter, a customer at a store? What happened as a result, and what did you learn from the experience?”
Now, we want to hear from you, our readers, about how the racial stereotypes you hold may have led you to wrongly suspect someone of misconduct — or even to call the police. How did the interaction unfold? What did you learn from it? What happened to the person who was wronged?
Here’s how I answered their questions. I urge my readers to tell their stories as well.
A few weeks ago, a Black man was shot and killed by police officers in Sacramento. Based on initial media accounts, the cops were responding one night to reports of a man breaking car windows in a certain neighborhood; they arrived in that area and confronted one Stephon Clark, 22, who feld. They chased him as he ran into the back yard of a house that turned out to belong his grandparents. When Mr. Clark stopped and turned around, the police officers proceeded to shoot him twenty times. The cops have stated that they thought they saw a gun on Mr. Clark’s hands, but it turns out that he only had a cell phone on him. An internal affairs investigation is in progress.
Predictably, the natives are restless at this Latest Outrage Against Innocent Black Bodies and have no patience for such silly things as “investigations” and “due process.” Protests and disorder have simmered in Sacramento since this event.
One image sums it all up:
What do we see here? Ste’vante Clark, brother of the deceased, large and in charge, dressed inappropriately, sitting legs open with a broad chest on the edge of the mayor’s lectern like it was a city park bench — and he owned the city park. He’s howling at the top of his lungs to a braying crowd and clearly is the focus of the room.
I recently saw a message from the California bar to its attorney members concerning the passing score standard for the bar exam. The goodthinkers in that state have been very concerned that the pass rate (that is, the fraction of test-takers who actually pass) has been going down substantially in recent years. Accordingly, they want to lower the standards for admission to the profession.
As lawyers say, res ipsa loquitur, so I’ll simply reproduce large sections of the message below:
Recently, a Google employee was outed as having published, on an internal Google employee platform, a memo titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” This memo decried the stultifying politically correct office culture that has taken hold at the internet giant, speculated Larry Summers style on the causes of the under-representation of women in technology jobs, and urged the company to do a number of things to promote a more open intellectual environment. The writer’s advice included a call to “stop alienating conservatives” and to ditch existing policies “which can incentivize illegal discrimination” and which restrict certain “programs and classes to certain genders or races.”
This memo was leaked to the public and became national news over the past few days. In the wake of the news explosion Google decided to fire the employee in question.
In doing so, Google has just earned itself a lawsuit.
Joe Arpaio was recently convicted of misdemeanor criminal contempt in connection with his immigration enforcement activities while sheriff of Maricopa County. It’s clear that prosecutors opted for the misdemeanor charge so they wouldn’t have to present the case to a Maricopa jury. It was a bench trial. They railroaded him through. This is the liberal system coming down hard on those who’d try to act outside of their approved lunatic open-borders orthodoxies.
Someone just put up a WhiteHouse.gov petition, and I think the message is concise and spot-on:
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was recently convicted in Federal Court for criminal contempt of court. This charge stems from his alleged refusal to end racial profiling practices in his department as ordered by the same federal court.
This was a purely political charge and conviction by a biased judge and we call on President Trump to immediately issue a full pardon to Sheriff Arpaio.
Officials from BART, the public metro system serving California’s San Francisco Bay area, have come under fire for their refusal to release crime surveillance videos, claiming such tapes will promote stereotypes and “stir up racial animosity.”
That’s a pretty funny statement for BART to make.
I mean, Not Reporting Race is definitely a “thing” in mainstream press coverage of street crime, and has been for quite some time now. See, e.g., the Houston Chronicle, back in 2005, lamely attempting to justify and deflect when caught in the act.
But rarely does an official Blue State organ so clumsily admit to the underlying facts of the matter: What other inference could one possibly draw from BART’s statement, besides the fact that by golly, crime scene videos do universally show that perpetrators of crime on the transit network are “riders of color,” to use BART’s hilariously au courant PC phrase. If BART officials saw only White folks committing crimes in those tapes, they surely wouldn’t have concluded that releasing such tapes to the public would stir up animosity towards Black people. By saying what they did, they confirmed the very thing they were trying to conceal! Own goal!