Policework Without Profiling Is Like Insurance Without Actuarial Tables

Written by Donald Joy on December 5, 2014

Sleazy race-agitators like Eric Holder and Barack Obama want you to think that America has a malignant, systemic problem of mostly white police departments unfairly targeting blacks, while somehow also keeping many blacks from becoming cops themselves.  From that same timeworn narrative they’d have us all believe that any and all troubles faced by any black person today are, and always will be, attributable to some feature of the existence of white people on this planet throughout history.  This carefully orchestrated mass-hallucination has many names, among them the modern sophists’ favorites: ‘disparate impact doctrine’ and ‘critical race theory.’

Despite even the breakthrough Supreme Court ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano several years ago, the race-hustlers keep doubling-down, aggressively keeping the jive alive with much help from the eager energies of millions of willing white liberals.  No matter whether intentional discrimination is proven not to have taken place in hiring processes, school discipline rates & admissions, housing, law enforcement outcomes, you name it, so-called progressives say it is unfairly discriminatory if all results are not in direct proportion to minority percentages among the total U.S. population(except when blacks come out ahead, that is).  It’s all a recipe for bizarre contortions of policy and absurd public statements by officials.

It’s gotten so bad that even the formerly righteous and rebellious Tea Party gadfly, senator Rand Paul, has been corrupted into just another quivering, politically correct coward, out of fear of being seen as a racist:  He now positions himself seeking the diversity gestapo’s stamp of approval, shamelessly pandering to blacks, saying all kinds of ridiculously dishonest things about our criminal justice system in regards to how it supposedly treats blacks unfairly.  Yes, Rand Paul and others are lying when they cite bogus studies about race, crimes such as illegal drug use, and law enforcement/sentencing.

Is it unfair that car insurance companies charge relatively inexperienced, hormone-crazed young male drivers (of all races) higher rates than more sedate and steady middle-aged men?  What about life and health insurance policies costing those same comparatively sclerotic middle-aged men more in premiums than for typically healthier young men?

Insurance rates are based on statistical probability, as we all know, understand, and accept.  Relative risk can be reasonably calculated, even when complete information about specific individuals is unavailable.  They are based on demographic aggregate risk and historical liability estimates, in accordance with actuarial analyses.  All of it, legitimately based on profiling.

Life is like that.  Real life is exactly like that.  We operate with incomplete information all the time, particularly about humans that we might encounter.  Sometimes weighing the risks of safety or even life-and-death in a matter of seconds, we really have no choice, but to choose more often than not based on limited information and estimated probability.

As I’ve pointed out in other columns, for many years now over 50% of all the violent crime in our society continues to be done by black people.  Blacks make up only about 13-15% of our total population.  Most of those violent crimes, including murders, are done by an even smaller segment of that minority, members of a mere 3% category of the population:  Young black males.

Of all people, none other than the original race-hustler Jesse Jackson himself dropped his guard for a moment several years ago, candidly admitting that he profiles young black men for his own personal safety, because all else besides race being equal they are extremely more likely to be dangerous than white men of similar age.

Call it heuristics, stereotyping, bias, prejudice, bigotry, racism, common sense, or profiling, unless and until we have more complete and specific personal information about someone and their true character, we have to get pretty good at judging books mostly by their covers if we are to be spared the hazards of knockout-game attacks, muggings, thrill kills, jihad beheadings, rape, and so forth.

Ever notice how those who lecture us against stereotyping, insisting that “you cant generalize about race,” and “you have to only look at specific individual character” don’t even seem to try to practice what they preach?  It may not even occur to Obama, Holder, or the rest that they are themselves profiling whites, especially white police, with their diatribes and accusations, not to mention the overall attitude of most people when they categorically generalize that “whites did such-and-such to blacks” in the past.  In one of his books, Obama refers to his maternal grandmother as a “typical white person,” while complaining that she once admitted some fear of black men who passed her on the street, and on occasion uttered ethnic stereotypes.

The truth is that people often have to address identifiable general categories, as well as use the specific sense where appropriate, if any earnest discussion is to be had on any topic at all.  Race happens to be just another topic where the use of the general and the specific must be addressed.

Police investigating violent crimes generally begin the process with the mindset that the perpetrator will most likely turn out to be a male.  Why?  Because that’s just reality; women do also commit violent crimes, but men do so overwhelmingly more often, and a criminal profile developed while gathering earliest clues is usually that of a man.  Is that unfair to men?  Of course not.  Men don’t complain about it, because we know that the profiling is warranted and required for the aim of public safety, especially for women, children, the elderly, the vulnerable.

What do Rand Paul or U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch have to say about the fact that our prisons are overwhelmingly populated by men, as opposed to women?  Wouldn’t that be some kind of injustice, according to them, men being “disparately impacted” by our laws, police, and courts?

Instead of accurate profiling and media reporting & analysis based on actual, egregiously lopsided rates of crime done by blacks, and done particularly to whites, we get the parade of falsehoods around cherry-picked racial scams a la Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner.

Race-hoax abominations such as the Tawana Brawley and Duke LaCrosse malicious frauds from years past are classics from the Sharpton/Jackson, phony black grievance industry shakedown/liberal white guilt playbook.  The fake narrative always drives the mythical claims:  Powerful, abusive, oppressive white cops raped and tortured a black girl(proven false); privileged white frat boys raped a black stripper at a house party(proven false).  The worst part about all the lies is that meanwhile, in reality, actual FBI statistics over recent years show that black men rape thousands and thousands of white women year after year, yet white males virtually never rape black women.

Obama and Holder publicly bemoan the fact that whites often lock their car doors or grip their belongings tighter on an elevator when around blacks, but of course you’ll never hear them empathizing with the countless whites victimized by black predators across the land nor the epidemic of savage black mob violence regularly occurring in our cities, much of it racially-motivated.  Instead, they’re more likely to give the terrorists “of color” a pass, while crafting ever-more devious and abusive ways to persecute whites with one-sided hate crime vendettas and phony civil rights witch hunts in places like Ferguson, Missouri.

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Following his service in the United State Air Force, Donald Joy earned a bachelor of science in business administration from SUNY while serving in the army national guard. As a special deputy U.S. marshal, Don was on the protection detail for Attorney General John Ashcroft following the attacks of 9/11. He lives in the D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia with his wife and son.