Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ferguson. the Numbers are not Rasist

Ferguson's problems are statist corruption not racism. This is the second half.

 Obama Slams ‘Oppressive, Abusive Situation’ Imposed by Ferguson Police
 “What we saw was that the Ferguson Police Department, in conjunction with the municipality, saw traffic stops, arrests, tickets as a revenue generator as opposed to serving the community and that it systematically was biased against African Americans in that city who were stopped, harassed, mistreated, abused, called names, fined, and then it was structured that they would get caught up in paying more and more fines that they couldn’t afford to pay or that were difficult for them to pay, which raised the amount of additional money they had to pay,” Obama said. “It was an oppressive and abusive situation.”
On the Kelly File an old point was made. If you go looking for racism (in this case) and you try hard enough you'll find it. Compound that with an other old saying; there are lies, damn lies, and statistics you get racism every where.
The Disparate Impact Racket
 “Disparate impact” statistics have been used for decades, in many different contexts, to claim that discrimination is the reason why different groups are not equally represented as employees or in desirable positions or — as in this case — in undesirable positions as people arrested or fined."
This kind of tyranny is in law under the cover of disparate impact. The Supreme Court has largely up held this  as discrimination.
 "The implicit assumption is that without “discriminatory intent,” these statistics would reflect the percentages of people in the population. But no matter how plausible that outcome might seem on the surface, it is seldom found in real life, and those who use this standard are seldom, if ever, asked to produce hard evidence that it is factually correct, as distinct from politically correct."
Those of us who live with in St. Louis Metro Area (any thing within an hours drive of St. Louis and Ferguson) consider Ferguson as part of St.Louis.
 McGraw Milhaven told Bill O'Reilly that Ferguson is not in a corn field. There is no separation of Ferguson and the Surrounding city. The percentage of blacks in Ferguson is Completely irrelevant. Just look at a map, please.
"He notes that blacks accounted for 85% of vehicle stops, "despite comprising only 67% of Ferguson's population," while whites made up 15% of stops, despite representing 29% of the population.

So there you have it, a slam-dunk case of racism, right? Hardly.
Outrageously, the nation's top prosecutor failed to control for factors that explain the racial "disparity" in traffic stops, such as speeding, DUI, expired license plates, headlight, seat-belt and child-restraint violations and other reasons for being pulled over.

Holder's own department statistics show that African Americans, on average, violate speeding and other traffic laws at much greater rates than whites."
Lies, damn lies and statistics. Who gets control now?
"The Justice Department now is in talks with city officials about enacting the 26 recommendations made in the report, and U.S. officials said they’re optimistic that changes can be made to repair relations in the community."
"Justice Department officials characterized the meeting as productive and said that the Ferguson officials, including the city’s mayor and police chief, seemed genuinely interested in enacting changes. The officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, said that Ferguson has already taken some steps to address the issues.
There was no deadline to reach a settlement. If an agreement can’t be reached, the Justice Department can file a federal lawsuit seeking to force changes.
In the past six years, the officials said, the department has opened 20 investigations of police departments and entered 15 such settlement agreements."

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