Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Lemon: We Need Racial Profiling

Spring is a time that turns a young man's fancy to thoughts of guns.

Recent teen shootings and various other terrible events in Toronto have once again, as the weather warms up, caused a hew and cry about causes, solutions and affects.
Not one, but two governments, both the Millertown and the Province, have formed special panels to evaluate the situation and recommend a course of action to solve this crisis by Mid-July if not sooner. We wrote on this a few days ago.
Yesterday, Judy Sgro, laid the blame squarely at the feet of children that are raised without fathers and the responsibility at the feet of the "community". She didn't ring the politically incorrect button by pointing out that this community was the Jamaican community. Good thing, because this is absolutely wrong and Pastors in the "Jamaican Community", parents and volunteers work desperately hard on this need every waking hour. And their efforts result in almost all young people in the community growing up to live fulfilling lives.
For over a decade, as Toronto has become more welcoming to new residents from abroad, there has risen a shibbolith that statistics which might indicate that there are commonalities among those who conduct sociopathic activity, if these statistics might lead to a conclusion that violent crime is mostly resident in groups such as the "Jamaican Community". It is, okay though, as evidenced by every episode of 'Criminal Minds' to target white, 25 to 39 year old males as being the source of all serial murders.
It is okay, as well, to use racial profiling to target social programs or support more targeted funding or job opportunities for certain groups.
Let's start with the
generally accepted premise that we are all, regardless of race, pretty much the same under the skin at birth. But at some point this sameness, due to nurture or its absence, disappears and results in some people diverting focus to pulling out guns and shooting other kids.
There is almost no policy developed (except for abortion, of course) in which evidence is not used as the platform upon which it can be based.
Why should we ignore this principle for areas as important as the killing of dozens of young people every year or the commercialization of life destroying drugs?
Surely all clear thinking members of society would support profiling those conditions that result in this sort of behaviour. And then, once the facts are known, better policies, based on facts, can be implemented.
Or is this just me being a racist.

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