by Taleeb Starkes 2/6/14
If the University of Minnesota permitted its Black Student Union to write the school’s crime alerts, the alerts would probably read like this:
“A homosapien has allegedly committed a crime on or near the university… Vigilance is advised.”
The crime alert would also be accompanied by an apology that expressed deep sorrow to any homosapien offended by its posting.
Fortunately, the crime alerts are written by the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD), and are posted on their webpage. Additionally, the crime alerts are emailed to students, faculty, and staff.
The UMPD’s webpage explains that the alerts simply highlight “crimes that may pose an ongoing threat to the University community.”
The Black Student Union noticed that the crime alerts routinely contained high amounts of melanin. In other words, Black suspects dominated the alerts. Determined to change this lopsided dynamic, the Black Student Union formulated a remedy. Unfortunately, their remedy wasn’t to address the unrelenting Black crime, such as robberies, which have increased twenty-seven percent on and around the campus. Instead, their solution was to merge with other Black-identifying groups, and petition the University to remove race from crime alerts.
As reported by CBS Minnesota:
The letter, sent on Dec. 6, 2013, was issued by members of the African American and African Studies, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, Black Men’s Forum, Black Student Union and Huntley House for African American Males.
The organizations wrote that while campus safety is crucial, the profiling can be devastating for black male students.
“[We] unanimously agree that campus safety should be of the UMPD’s utmost importance; however, efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our Black men, or any specific group of people likely to be targeted. In addition to causing Black men to feel unsafe and distrusted, racial profiling is proven to inflict negative psychological effects on its victims.”
Besides being the first and only race to ever request that the University race-censors its crime alerts, these Black organizations evidently have no issue with emphasizing race to identify their respective groups; yet, race is taboo when identifying Black criminals. Oh, the irony… well actually, it’s hypocrisy.
The President of the Black Men’s Forum said that members of his organization feel threatened whenever racial descriptions are provided in crime alerts. Again, the Black criminals created this reality, not the University. These Black organizations characteristically mislabel criminal profiling as racial profiling.
Admittedly, I’m no social engineer. But, in three words, I’m going to provide some ingenious advice that would prevent us Blacks from being disproportionately mentioned in crime alerts, and nationwide police reports. Hopefully, Blacks will heed this simple truth.
Don’t commit crimes!
Coincidentally, these three words can also be used to reverse Black overrepresentation in prisons.
This letter, which really should’ve been written to Black criminals, also contained twelve recommendations for the UMPD, including mandatory diversity training for officers.
The Vice President of University Services, Pamela Wheelock, recently responded to the grievance letter, and utilized common sense to end the discourse. Naturally, the Black organizations, and PC gods were disappointed with her for placing campus safety over political correctness.
“I firmly believe that a well-informed community is an asset to public safety…I believe that sharing more information in our Crime Alerts, not less, is most beneficial in terms of public safety, especially when that information is available.
The information we share can include a complete description of suspects, unique identifying characteristics such as an accent or a distinctive piece of clothing, or the description of vehicles involved.
We have reviewed what other Big Ten Universities and local colleges and universities include, and our practice of including the race of a suspect when it is available from a victim’s description is consistent with their practices.”
With the no-snitch mantra governing urban landscapes across America, the Black community should mimic the University of Minnesota’s approach to crime.
And even though the University maintained its position on race-censorship, the Black organizations can still celebrate the fact that the mainstream media often censors race, especially when reporting on “teen” flash mobs and “juveniles” playing the Knockout game.
Taleeb Starkes is the author of an Amazon #1 bestseller that confronts the subculture within the black community, THE UN-CIVIL WAR: BLACKS vs NI**ERS. Find Taleeb on Twitter. • (2004 views)