Well, that’s one way to do it.

This is Mr. Miguel Perez-Reyes.  He was stopped in McHenry County (IL) for allegedly running a stop sign.  Mr. Perez-Reyes notes he saw the patrol car and was careful to come to a full stop.  He still got a ticket.

And as part of the data collection that was meant to examine whether people of color were being racially profiled, Mr. Perez-Reyes’ race was duly logged.  As white.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

… the Tribune analysis points to a trend: In 2006, 1 in 8 likely Hispanics cited in McHenry were labeled as white or not logged. By 2009, that rate had risen to 1 in 3, the analysis suggests.

“That’s a really high error rate,” said Georgia Southern University Dean Michael R. Smith, a former police officer who has studied racial profiling for a decade. “That’s disturbing.”

In McHenry County in 2004, people of color were 65 percent more likely than white people to be stopped given their representation in the population. That number began dropping significantly in 2007. At the same time, the number of people who were identified as white or whose race was left blank rose.

Of course we can’t see race, because we’re a colorblind society. And racial profiling isn’t happening. Because everybody is white. Problem solved!


3 thoughts on “Well, that’s one way to do it.

  1. Thanks for posting this. McHenry County IL is my old stomping ground, and I’ve watched this attitude developing for many years. In fact it was anti-Mexican rhetoric that initially motivated me to begin writing about racial injustice. I’m very relieved to know the Chicago Tribune is exposing this practice. I follow your blog and truly appreciate your committed effort to shine a spotlight on racially motivated attitudes.

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