An array of Blacks-only organizations at the University of Minnesota have demanded that the word “black” be dropped from crime statistic reporting—because they say the preponderant use of that word in such figures is “racist.”
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 sent a letter to the president at the University of Minnesota complaining about the racial descriptions given in crime alerts on campus.
The complaint was sent after it had become obvious that almost all crime committed at the school was undertaken by blacks, who form an outright minority in that state, still one of the whitest in the US.
Failing to grasp the irony of blacks-only organizations objecting to the used of the word “black”, they demanded action from University President Eric Kaler and Pamela Wheelock, the vice president of University Services after school officials reported there have been 25 robberies in and around the University, an increase of 27 percent over the last few years.
The nonwhite racist supremacist 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,” the black supremacists said in their letter.
At a campus forum, Ian Taylor Jr., president of the Black Men’s Forum, said members of his organization “feel threatened when the use of a racial description is given in the crime alerts.
“The repeated black, black, black suspect,” Taylor said.
“And what that does it really discomforts the mental and physical comfort for students on campus because they feel like suspicions begin to increase.”
As usual, the black supremacists blamed white people for the fact that the crime wave on campus was black in origin, demanding that the campus police go for “racial sensitivity training”—as if the crime wave was the fault of the police.
The letter then gave 12 recommendations to UMPD Chief Gregory Hestness on how to improve their response.
The letter demanded that officers attend “diversity training” and attach a link on crime alerts to the University’s “no-tolerance policy on racial profiling.”
At the end of January, Wheelock answered the racist demands by dismissing them: “I am concerned that members of your organizations and others in the University community believe there to be an increase in racial profiling,” Wheelock said.
“As I stated earlier, profiling will not be tolerated on campus. If there is a concern or complaint about University police practices, both Chief Hestness and I are committed to investigating the matter promptly and thoroughly.
“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.”