I wouldn’t blame for anyone for thinking this looks made up, because it is absolutely insane. But it isn’t made up. It is all too real.
From Maxine Bernstein’s article for The Oregonian:
Portland police next month will end their more than 20-year-old practice of designating people as gang members or gang associates in response to strong community concerns about the labels that have disproportionately affected minorities.
The Police Bureau recognizes that the gang designations have led to “unintended consequences” and served as lifelong barriers for those who have shunned the gang lifestyle and tried to get jobs, said Acting Tactical Operations Capt. Andy Shearer.
A review by Oregonian/OregonLive reporter Carli Brosseau last year found that of the 359 “criminal gang affiliates” flagged in Portland’s database as of last summer, 81 percent were part of a racial or ethnic minority. She obtained the list, names removed, only after appealing the city’s attempt to keep it from public view.
Leaders from Black Male Achievement, former police Assistant Chief Kevin Modica and others have lobbied to end the designations.
“Gang violence isn’t going to go away. There are still crimes attributed to known gang sets. There are still criminal gang members. That doesn’t go away because we don’t have a gang designation,” said Capt. Mike Krantz, who helped spearhead the change. “We’re not pretending gang violence doesn’t exist. We’re just taking this one thing away.”
Try to fathom this: Portland uses objective, non-racial criteria to determine gang associations. Using those objective, non-racial criteria, it finds that the vast majority of gang activity is among Blacks – 64% compared to 18% White and the rest other ethnicities.
So what does Portland do? It stops identifying gang members, because if there are that many Blacks among them it must be unfair in some way to Black people in general.
I’ll tell you who it is unfair to. It is unfair to everyone Black gang members act out on – which, it is virtually certain, includes a disproportionate percentage of innocent Black people.
We literally have a city burying data – accurate, objective data – because it is unhappy with the racial makeup of that data. Better to suppress the information it contains, so know one will know it exists.
A question for you: if Portland accumulated data showing that 64% of its public school honor students were Black, do you think the city would bury that? Do you think the city would be worried this accurate, objective information would have “unintended consequences” and serve as a lifelong barrier for White students who do well in school?
Do these people understand how racist their own actions are?
Reality is what it is. Do the geniuses in Portland seriously believe that censoring data because they don’t like what it says, will protect innocent Black children? The slightest bit of common sense would tell them the exact opposite is true.
-Identify gang members and you know who they are and who they aren’t.
-Don’t identify them because so many are Black, and it puts an inherent asterisk next to the name of every Black child of gang age, whether that child has anything to do with gang activity or not. It equates innocent Black children with gang members. Who does that treat unfairly?
This is insanity.
But it is being done anyway, because as noted above, facing, and dealing with, the true ramifications of this decision would require the slightest bit of common sense.
Therefore, Portland is out of the loop.