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Ebola, Race and Criminal Justice

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Ebola screening of persons on incoming flights, and the concomitant implicit threat of detention and possible coercive quarantine, is deployed disproportionately against "people of color," to use the current politically correct phrase.  

Q:  Why, then, haven't the Usual Whiners against racial disproportionality been at the top of their lungs in protest? 

A:  Because even they understand that the government's response, though grossly racially disproportionate, has nothing to do with race.  It has to do with behavior. Specifically, it has to do with the higher-than-average prospect that persons on those particular flights have come in contact with the virus.

Q:  So why do Whiners refuse to understand that racial disproportionality in important areas of the criminal justice system  --  e.g., concentrating police patrols in high crime areas, and stiffer sentencing for those with long records or histories of violence  -- likewise reflects attention to behavior rather than attention to race?

A:  Because that is not on the Whiner Agenda.  Indeed, it affirmatively undermines the Agenda.  Once it is recognized that differences in treatment reflect differences in chosen behavior rather than differences in skin color, the Agenda collapses, and with it much of the force of the attack on police and prosecutors.

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