“Looking like the community” is very
important to liberals, and not just on the police force. They consider
it to be of the utmost importance that the fire department, the
president’s cabinet, and even the military “look like” the
constituencies they’re supposed to serve.
Thus writes Benny Huang
Apparently firemen put out fires better when there’s a Jew, an Italian, and a Puerto Rican on every fire engine. Don’t ask me why.
… One reason there aren’t more black
police officers is standards—moral, legal, and academic. Police
departments across the country have chosen to lower standards just to
recruit blacks. Some departments have stopped requiring applicants to
know how to swim while others will hire applicants who didn’t even
finish high school. Departments often accept lower civil service exam
scores from minority applicants. And it’s still not enough.
Proponents of “diversity” also blithely brush aside another
issue—namely that their rhetoric is strongly suggestive of a quota
system. Quotas were found to be illegal in Regents of California v.
Bakke (1978), a landmark affirmative action case.
…/… There’s another problem with police
departments reflecting the communities that they serve and it becomes
apparent when looking at communities that have very low minority
populations. Can a small town that is almost entirely white refuse to
hire minority officers because they don’t “look like the community?”
I think most people would say no, and so would I. But there’s a
disconnect there. Why is “looking like the community” so vitally
important in some communities but not in others? It seems that police
departments have to be colorblind when colorblindness benefits
minorities, and color conscious when color consciousness benefits
minorities. In short, they have to be color conscious when deciding
whether or not to be colorblind.
A case in point can be found in
Granville, Massachusetts, a picturesque New England town that looks like
something from a Norman Rockwell painting. Despite being 98.69% white,
Granville hired an Hispanic police chief in 2005.
And no one cared. That’s not because the people of Granville are a
bunch of hippy liberals. Granville is in fact the most conservative town
in the state, according to Business Insider.
… Should a town that’s almost 99% white
be served by a (full time) police force that’s 100% Hispanic? I don’t
have a problem with it, but then again I’m not a liberal. I don’t
concern myself with racial bean-counting.
If lily white communities like Granville are going to be prohibited
from hiring officers with an eye toward the racial makeup of their
community, and highly “diverse” communities like Ferguson are going to
be required to do exactly that, then someone will have to
delineate a threshold between the two. At what point must a community
shift from an ostensibly colorblind hiring process to an obligatory
color-conscious hiring process? Ten percent minority? Twenty-five
percent? Fifty percent?
I think we already know the answer to that question. All of that jive about “looking like the community” is a one-way street. If it helps blacks, great. If it doesn’t, it’s dropped like a bad habit. I call that black privilege.
“Diverse” police forces are not the answer to all that ails us.
Besides the fact that recruiting blacks is more difficult than might be
supposed, there are legal and moral issues to consider. Standards must
be lowered and qualified people must be passed over.