By Walter E. Williams
told a mixed audience, "I mean, if we're honest, for a lot of
well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a
hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear". Before we get into
the nuts and bolts of that observation, I'd like to ask a question. Would
well-meaning, open-minded white people have a similar fear at the sight of an
elderly black man using a walker and wearing a hoodie? Whether we like it or not, easily observed
physical characteristics — such as race, sex, height and age — convey
information. That's because there is often a correlation between those
characteristics and other characteristics not so easily observed.
you're a police commander faced with the task of finding vandals responsible
for slashing car tires and smashing windows. How much of the city's resources
would you expend investigating 60- to 70-year-old Chinese men? You probably
wouldn't spend resources on any men in that age group. So who is responsible
for your decision not to investigate 60- to 70-year-old Chinese men and other
men of the same age? If you said it's the behavioral reputation of that
demographic as a group, you'd be absolutely right........
A black and Hispanic president of the New
York State Federation of Taxi Drivers told his drivers to "profile"
their passengers. "The God's honest truth is that 99 percent of the people
that are robbing, stealing, killing these drivers are blacks and
Hispanics," he said. ......To Read More....