DoJ spending millions to manufacture race grievances

Thomas Lifson
Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is offering almost 5 million dollars to private groups who will be competing for grants to discover “racial disparities” in police stops, searches, and arrests across the United States. Based on the theory that every group behaves exactly the same when it comes to obeying laws, so differences must be due to bias, this colossal waste of money will only serve to stir up animosity, aggravating the very putative problem it is supposedly designed to ameliorate. Julia Edwards of Reuters reports:

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it will begin collecting data on stops, searches and arrests made in five U.S. cities to weed out possible racial biases within the criminal justice system.

Later this year, a $4.75 million federal grant will be awarded to recipients who compete for the funds to work with their local law enforcement to analyze arrest data and find ways to reduce any biases they find, particularly toward young minority men.

The political aim of this becomes clear when Holder’s words are examined:

Attorney General Eric Holder said the data collection effort is in response to PresidentBarack Obama's call for better relations between law enforcement and young men of color following the "not guilty" verdict in the shooting death of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

This is nonsense! Martin was NOT stopped by the police. The only rewlationship Martin has with the issue is that his death was also used to stir up black resentment. Of a “white Hispanic,” who, if his name were not Germanic, would have escaped any notoriety at all beyond Orlando.

But Holder gave us another “tell”:

"Racial disparities contribute to tension in our nation generally and within communities of color specifically, and tend to breed resentment towards law enforcement that is counterproductive to the goal of reducing crime," Holder said in a video address released Monday.

Actually, it is complaints about racial disparities that breed resentment. Most black crime is committed against other blacks. The people who face unsafe streets or drive by shootings in their neighborhoods want the miscreants arrested, or at least questioned. That is more important than theoretical discrimination involved in “disparity” analysis.

Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is offering almost 5 million dollars to private groups who will be competing for grants to discover “racial disparities” in police stops, searches, and arrests across the United States. Based on the theory that every group behaves exactly the same when it comes to obeying laws, so differences must be due to bias, this colossal waste of money will only serve to stir up animosity, aggravating the very putative problem it is supposedly designed to ameliorate. Julia Edwards of Reuters reports:

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it will begin collecting data on stops, searches and arrests made in five U.S. cities to weed out possible racial biases within the criminal justice system.

Later this year, a $4.75 million federal grant will be awarded to recipients who compete for the funds to work with their local law enforcement to analyze arrest data and find ways to reduce any biases they find, particularly toward young minority men.

The political aim of this becomes clear when Holder’s words are examined:

Attorney General Eric Holder said the data collection effort is in response to PresidentBarack Obama's call for better relations between law enforcement and young men of color following the "not guilty" verdict in the shooting death of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

This is nonsense! Martin was NOT stopped by the police. The only rewlationship Martin has with the issue is that his death was also used to stir up black resentment. Of a “white Hispanic,” who, if his name were not Germanic, would have escaped any notoriety at all beyond Orlando.

But Holder gave us another “tell”:

"Racial disparities contribute to tension in our nation generally and within communities of color specifically, and tend to breed resentment towards law enforcement that is counterproductive to the goal of reducing crime," Holder said in a video address released Monday.

Actually, it is complaints about racial disparities that breed resentment. Most black crime is committed against other blacks. The people who face unsafe streets or drive by shootings in their neighborhoods want the miscreants arrested, or at least questioned. That is more important than theoretical discrimination involved in “disparity” analysis.