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My FACEBOOK Profile Now Profiles; Some of Us Aren’t Afraid of the “4″
Posted By Resa Kirkland On December 11, 2010 @ 11:00 am In NewsReal Blog | Comments Disabled
We’ve all seen the video, and know the case that caused the furor. And what’s more, those of us with the guts to say so are applauding the courage of Fernando Mateo, son of a Black man and a Hispanic woman:
Fernando Mateo gets it right.
He spoke the truth about the cab driver, shot seven times during a robbery, and backed up his demand for profiling with this reasoned analysis and statistical truth: that most robberies are committed by Blacks and Hispanics. He was vilified, accused of being worse than satan (“He’s a racist! Burn him!”), and forced to defend the truth he gave voice to.
And I sat back and wondered, How did we get to this point?
Remember when profiling was first introduced into the average person’s lexicon? It was around the time of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. It was applauded as an amazing breakthrough by the law enforcement community, a tool of scientific fact. My dad was a Federal Parole Officer, and I remember him saying how remarkably accurate they were, how he would get chills reading over them once they had the individual in custody, right down to the types of homes they came from, education, profession, relationships, and even sexual dysfunction.
All of this from just analyzing the details and nature of the crime and plugging them in to mathematical formulas.
It was a tool that was met with the awe and respect we used to reserve for science and math. And make no mistake; profiling is as scientific as it gets:
Wow…how demonic profiling is. Who knew that math was clearly so racist? Maybe 2+2 isn’t 4 after all, right? I guess, if “4” is the truth and you’re afraid of the “4.”
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