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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Who Decides Relevant?

As I was out doing my running this morning, I happened to catch Jeff Wagner's radio show, and a discussion on a string of 16 muggings in Madison, Wisconsin over the last few weeks.

Evidently young men, walking alone in downtown Madison, very early in the morning have been getting mugged by a group of 3 men.

The police have found that the descriptions given by the victims, and the MO of the suspects in most of the cases are similar enough they believe the same group is responsible for most, if not all, of the muggings.

There is an APB out for the group, police have increased patrols, and told the media about the problem, in hopes they'd raise public awareness of the muggings, and help provide some leads. There have been newspaper, TV and radio stories about the problem.

However, there has been a knowing, admitted omission by the Madison media. They refuse to publish a description of the three young men that includes race. Channel 3, WISC-TV have an online editorial explaining their position on this, that basically, race isn't part of the story.

Read the post they've put up yourself, and see what you think of the explanation. I know my opinion, they are nuts, and the reason they are giving is crap.

Listen, if three white skinheads were beating folks, you can bet that race would be mentioned on the news, and in the articles. If you are warning folks to be "on the lookout" for perpetrators, wouldn't a full description be useful?

While they try and spin the issue as one of nonrelevance, the fact is, it's one of political correctness. Were the three guys in custody they might have a point, but since they are on the loose, and still mugging folks, what they look like, skin color and all, is necessary info for the public.

So, if you live, or are planning on visiting Madison, Wisconsin make sure if you are out late drinking, be safe, and be on the lookout for three young African-American males of medium build, between the ages of 18-24. Just don't watch the news for any type of description of the perpetrators.

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Blogger shoprat said...

What is relevant to many in the media is what advances a "progressive" agenda. Others are so afraid of the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons that they are afraid to tell the truth. Others are afraid of a backlash amongst the whites. In all three cases the truth loses out.

5:26 PM  
Blogger C.I.R. Deputy said...

A few years ago we had a similar situation in Maryland. Somewhere outside Baltimore there were a number of muggings or rapes around certain bus stops, on people waiting or getting off buses.

The police got in trouble when they began asking about suspicious "African Americans." So they stopped, then when they detained several black persons...they got in trouble for only arresting blacks.

The descriptions from multiple victims were that young black males had committed the crimes.

But the police got in trouble for, of course, profiling. UGH!

7:49 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

It's not profiling when you have a description. This is just a case of political correctness run amok in Madison.

5:51 AM  
Blogger C.I.R. Deputy said...

That is what I am saying this was just PC crap hyped up thanks to the NAACP. The police actually said "this is a description" and received a response similar to "yeah, but it is only a description of blacks."

After a few weeks and a few more muggings by friends of the arrested people, common sense came through and the community told the PC'ers to shut up.

Then comes round two, which was the community (which happens to be poor) complained that the police didn't stop this because they only pay attention to the rich communities. Yet when they tried, the community complained the police were just going AFTER the poor.

I mean it gives you a headache. I don't know how the people there or anywhere can think like that?

PS-They continued to call it profiling, even after the arrests and convictions.

9:52 AM  

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