As Officer Pomper has pointed out, “Don’t you love the irony? After many years of the City and community activist groups unsuccessfully attempting to prove that Seattle police officers are guilty of racially profiling its citizens (and non-citizens), the City offers proof that it’s the one racially profiling, and further, it even wants to pass laws and implement policies to support it. Amazing!”
The Race and Social Justice Initiative’s goal of total equity is ironic as Seattle is actually the fifth whitest city in America, and while Asians are its largest minority group, African-Americans are found at a lower percentage than in the country as a whole. Seattle also has one of the lowest crimes rates in the country, rates which rise higher in its minority neighborhoods.
Diminishing law enforcement to maintain statistical racial parity means that the police and prosecutors would have to ignore crime in minority neighborhoods, making those neighborhoods even more dangerous. The more law enforcement is under pressure to look away from minority neighborhoods, the more their residents suffer from crime. And arguably that is one of the reasons for the disparity in racial crime statistics.
If race and ethnicity become the determinants of whether a criminal is charged, then not only does Driving While White become a real offense, taking the place of Driving While Black, but minority communities lose out on law enforcement leading to more tragedies like Kiana’s.
“Social justice is not compatible with equal justice,” Officer Pomper warned. “In cities run by ideological progressives, there’s a new political machine in town. No longer content to be mainstream lefties who simply want to impose higher taxes on the productive and then spend the money on whomever is the victim class of the moment, they are now openly violating the Constitution with their push for social justice, which, as they practice it, works in direct opposition to equal justice.”
Unequal enforcement of the law has the net effect of making the law worthless and increasing crime. Such forms of social justice actually create inequity by turning a blind eye to conditions in minority neighborhoods that make aspiration into a much bigger challenge for its residents. And they also feed racial tensions, as the minority sees things worsening for them without being able to identify the cause, and the majority sees their neighbors as a privileged class who are being given a free pass.
Seattle’s liberalism may make it an outlier for some, but programs that take root in one city create pressure for other cities to adopt it as well. As the social justice statisticians take over law enforcement, we can expect that Driving While White will become a crime across America.
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