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Monday, May 04, 2009

Racing to conclusions

Should police keep track of the race of the people they arrest? It's a tricky question, and is one that my debating opponent Mary Woo Sims and I tackle in this week's Face to Face feature in the Tri-City News.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on May 4, 2009 in Current Affairs | Permalink


Most people would probably say no, because it sounds so much like a form of racism. Yet this is already done in one form or another, for otherwise why do we hear that the police need to recruit more ethnic minorities. This usually is promoted under the banner of "diversity", employment equity or affirmative action, which identifies people by race and sex.

Posted by: Alain | 2009-05-04 1:46:50 PM

Toronto area cops don't take racial statistics for one reason: they assume that all non-whites are criminals.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-05-04 2:37:42 PM

Why not also collect other information about their religion, political affiliation, and health?

Posted by: TM | 2009-05-04 4:45:33 PM

Should police keep track of the race of the people they arrest?

NO, its part of a greater wrong already in place.

Posted by: JC | 2009-05-05 6:44:03 AM

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