David Cutter 
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Re: “BART Riders Racially Profile via Smartphone App

Erika Knutson, truth is indeed the ultimate defense. Please identify this majority black neighborhood where whites commit a higher proportion of the crime relative to their population level. Or are you implicating another group? Crime is a zero-sum game. If it's not blacks committing the crimes, some other group is responsible. Please identify the neighborhood and I'll be happy to do the research. If you're not prepared to defend your assertions, please dispense with the slurs.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David Cutter on 08/08/2015 at 6:08 PM

Re: “BART Riders Racially Profile via Smartphone App

Natalie KK, the article in part follows a narrative that you hear elsewhere, which I disagree with. From the article, "This appears to fit into a larger pattern of Black people being criminalized for just being Black or homeless." My point is that we've tried too hard to put the burden of criminalizing blacks onto the observers of black crime. The pattern is the same from articles about school discipline to disproportionate arrests, to police-involved shootings. You call it hate and I call it observation. I would even argue that it's convention we even call such observation bigotry. I'll give you an example. Without seeing the data I am nevertheless certain that more men than women are deemed "criminal" by BART app users. No one would argue that it's hateful to identify men as causing more crime than women, and yet that's the case throughout the "school to prison pipeline." Men are more likely to be disciplined in school, to commit crime, to go to prison, and way more likely to be killed by police. Further, Asians are much LESS likely than whites to appear on this spectrum, and I'll bet they are UNDER-REPRESENTED by the BART app. Should we expect equal representation at all times? Would we expect black men to be identified as problematic at the same rate as Asian women? No, I wouldn't. And I think we shouldn't censor (or even censure) free speech on this topic.

A final point is that black crime is really an abstraction to many people. They avoid concentrated black areas of the Bay Area as if they were terra incognita, they send their kids to white/Asian schools, but then they extol the merits of diversity. This is hypocritical and dishonest. I prefer honesty.

29 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by David Cutter on 08/06/2015 at 8:35 AM

Re: “BART Riders Racially Profile via Smartphone App

See pluralistic ignorance. We're all uncomfortable acknowledging a truth we mistakenly believe the masses don't believe. In other words, none of us is comfortable saying the emperor wears no clothes. Is it not possible that black people, on average, commit more crime? If crime is much higher in Richmond, West and East Oakland, and Hunters Point, is that mere coincidence? Or that crime around BART stations with higher black populations is higher? It's a morally ascendant thing right now to deny black crime, so people "socially signal" statements like "I am done with white people" to elevate their social status. Yet I'll wager none of the other commenters here live in majority black neighborhoods. We can debate the reasons for the crime disparity, but we need to start by acknowledging uncomfortable truths.

65 likes, 81 dislikes
Posted by David Cutter on 08/05/2015 at 10:45 AM

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