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No one really knows what to make of this, but New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has stated that he believes that the controversial “stop and frisk” policy of the New York Police Department discriminates against white people by stopping them too much.
Bloomberg made his comments after the the City Council approved bills designed to slow down the stop-and-frisk policy.
“One newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying, ‘Oh, it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group.’ That may be. But it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murders,” said Bloomberg.
The mayor says that the people who are criticizing the policy are uneducated about the truth behind the data. His argument appears to be one built on the notion that whites are the actual victims, not blacks and latinos, as many experts have stated.
“In that case, incidentally, I think, we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little,” the mayor said. “It’s exactly the reverse of what they’re saying. I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course, or a logic course.”
Continuing on this apparent bridge to nowhere, the mayor went on to say that “nobody racial profiles.”
Council Member Jumaane Williams flatly responded to the mayor’s remarks, claiming that Bloomberg is actually the one being manipulative.
“I think he’s taken a course in how to misuse numbers most effectively,” he told the New York Times.
“It’s obviously just ridiculous, ” Williams said. “Every day I get more flabbergasted by what the mayor and (police) commissioner and police unions are saying about the bills. What they’re actually doing is making the case for us why we need the bills. So, hopefully they keep talking.”