I picked up my Sunday copy of the Daily Times and thought that I had fallen into a copy of Tom Wolfe’s Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers . The white liberal guilt oozed from the paper’s lead editorial. If truth in advertising applied to the media, Look Closer at Arrest Patterns would be more fairly titled Arrest By the Numbers.
Are African-American’s arrested in higher numbers on the Delmarva Peninsula? I have no doubt. I’m not accusing reporters Vanessa Junkin and Rachel Pacella of lying.
However, the published numbers demand that additional questions be asked. Are African-Americans being falsely arrested? If so, shouldn’t the prosecutors responsible for these cases demand better, more just, work by their respective police forces?
Yet, we see no evidence from the paper’s reporting that this is the case. Sure, some folks are unjustly arrested. Some may be black; some white, some brown. I have no doubt that this happens and hope that the police will clean up their act when it does occur. I even believe that some innocent people are unjustly convicted. I also believe that this is the exception rather than the rule.