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Suspect descriptions: problems

For about 10 years, perhaps more, law enforcement officials along with news media have made a conspicuous effort to avoid too-specific descriptions of criminal suspects or fugitives.  I first began to notice it when there were alerts out for local suspects  and the descriptions said something like ‘suspect is a male about 30 years old wearing dark clothing, driving such-and-such a vehicle.’ No mention of race or ethnicity or complexion, which, let’s face it, are some of the first things we notice about people.

Then there was the Brian Nichols case in Atlanta, wherein Nichols, a black man being escorted to the courtroom by a ‘guard’ who was a female (and a grandmother), overpowered her and escaped, killing a total of four people before being recaptured.

When I first heard the ‘breaking news’ about the escape, the description of Nichols told his height, his age, and the fact that he had a ‘medium complexion.’  I thought the omission of race was odd, as that was not yet standard practice, and I thought to myself he must be White, because of his complexion description and his White-sounding name. Blacks these days don’t tend to be named ‘boring’ white-bread names like Brian.

Imagine my surprise when I learned he was black. Soon every criminal suspect was given a vague, non-ethnic/non-racial description, and we were left to guess, though the guesswork is simplified if we know the suspect’s name. Nobody named DeQuantavious is going to be White. Also the nature of the crime often tells us who the suspect is, racially or ethnically. Shooting or stabbing at a girl’s 15th birthday party? Hispanics. Quinceanera. If you are not familiar with that word (and is there anybody in America that is not?) look it up, and for more interesting info, just look up ‘quinceanera stabbing’ (or shooting).  Riot at a pizza parlor or children’s birthday party? Black, usually involving many mothers.

So the shooting at the Washington state mall in Burlington immediately suggested ‘random jihad’ or ‘immigrant derangement syndrome’, so most people correctly guessed that the perpetrator was from an Islamic background, Middle Easterner most likely. The official description mentioned ‘Hispanic male’, and from the security camera picture, there could be some ambiguity there. Understandable. And the police officials in the area probably figured that because of the high percentage of Hispanics in the county that the odds were more in favor of the shooter being Hispanic. I mean, it’s not as though Hispanics are nonviolent, and always law-abiding. They are not the Amish, (I mean the real Amish, not those who are wryly described as Amish).

So why in heaven’s name are so many apparent White people, even ”conservatives” online getting all outraged and sputtering about the outrage of Hispanics being horribly wronged by this shooter suspect being described as Hispanic? Why not save their outrage for the many, many times that Whites are slandered by having nonwhite suspects called ‘White’, or Hispanics and Middle Easterners on ‘Most Wanted’ lists described, for the record, as ‘White’ — even when their names and photos scream that they are in no way White, nor could anyone honestly mistake them for White? No, these fools are working themselves up into a lather with this kind of nonsense:

Why are Hispanics not SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER at being smeared by the media?”

Don’t give them ideas! Next thing you know, LaRaza or MECha or somebody will be suing everybody for this slander against their law-abiding and pacifistic folk.

The question that this probably White person asks should rightly be about why Whites are slandered, being made to bear the burden, statistically, of nonwhite criminals identified as ours? People should be wondering why we aren’t ‘screaming bloody murder’ about our own folk being smeared.

I’ve said I judged this mall shooter, Cetin, to be Middle Eastern by the pictures shown. But in some cases there can be confusion. Just look at these photos of fugitives. Most are Hispanic, some Middle Eastern/Caucasus origin. Some could honestly be confused, one for the other. Some Hispanics do have more olive skin than brown, and some do have heavier eyebrows like Middle Easterners. The differences are not always clear-cut.

What with so many different ethnicities being thrown into the melting pot, how on earth can all of us become experts in distinguishing someone’s origins, out of so many hundreds of ethnicities?

Maybe the official policy of withholding information on race/ethnicity of suspects is preferable if people are going to get all incensed on behalf of some poor innocent minority group when an incorrect description is made.

What is to be done about these many brainwashed Whites, who instantly go into their defense mode when it comes to being ‘White Knights’ for their favorite minority group?

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2 thoughts on “Suspect descriptions: problems

  1. Besides what seems to be an instinctive White tendency to “white knight” anyone presumed to be a victim in any way, what I see at work here is what I term the “faux hypocrisy outrage.” Alt liters are constantly bemoaning “double standards” or “hypocrisy” regarding race, religion, and ethnicity. They need to be reminded, both constantly and FORCEFULLY, that there is no double standard whatsoever. It’s a single standard all the time – “Blame Whitey.”

    The same way they need to learn to accept the American polity has not two main political parties, but one party with two closely interconnected branches, they also need to learn to identify and plainly name the sole animus motivating everything we see today – crime, trade, immigration, jobs, jail, etc. Ultimately, it all boils down to race, all the time. One might wish it weren’t so, but reality is, and while ethno-nationalists and Alt Righters deal with it, the Alt Liters and/or TruCons still want to find something softer, and more comforting, to enable them to cling to their entrenched niceness.

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  2. Sheila – yes, good points.
    The ‘Dems are the real racists’ thing plays into this syndrome. Some of the ‘TruCons’ and Alt-Liters (if I am understanding the definitions correctly) are getting ever more deranged on that one, going on and on about slavery, Jim Crow, the ‘Liberal Plantation’ and so on.
    They too are blaming ‘Whitey’, they just want to say it’s other bad Whites doing it — ”not me, not us”, just those BadWhites over there. Blame them, not me.”
    It’s some kind of obsession for some of them. They can’t even see how crazy it is.

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