In the discussion thread: Charts: Are the NYPD's Stop-and-Frisks Violating the Constitution? [View all]
Response to markpkessinger (Reply #31)
Sat May 4, 2013, 07:41 AM
Honeycombe8 (18,738 posts)
32. I was not commenting on the stop and frisk law. I don't know enuf
about it to say anything on the subject, since we don't have that here.
But NO...just having a percentage of races they stop means NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING, unless you know the racial makeup of WHERE they are stopping people.
It's easy to understand, if you want to. A lot of people just want to believe eyecatching headlines, though, and read a stat of 60% black people, and they automatically believe something is racist because they WANT to.
If you read more scientific studies, you'll understand. A real study would never give flat percentages of a procedure and draw ANY conclusion from it, because there is no conclusion to draw from such a statistic. There's not enough information about who and where they stopped to draw any conclusion about it. None whatsoever.
My point being: They are probably doing the procedure in HIGH CRIME areas, which are typically minority areas. So I would expect them to stop minorities in a MUCH HIGHER percentage than whites. That's common sense. Geez.
It's so easy to lead people by the nose with incomplete stats, when they are so ready to believe something without thinking about it.
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