Friday, August 17, 2007

What's the Reason For it All?


A very dear friend of mine, (who will remain nameless) had jewelery stolen from her apartment. Apparently her latest friend (with benefits) turned out to be a thief (among other things). She has not had the best of luck with boyfriends or husbands, but that is a story for her own blog.
She reported the items to the police as stolen and gave a police report. Makes sense... During the questioning they asked her the race of the thief, which makes sense if they wanted a description to hopefully apprehend this guy and return her jewelery, if he hadn't already sold it for drug money. But then...
they asked her race...


That did not make sense to me. What does it matter what race she is. Irregardless if she was white, black, red, or green she was a victim of a crime. Her race has nothing whatsoever to do with her predicament or it would not make any difference, or shouldn't anyway, to the police regarding her stolen items. My question about this was, do they put her report on the bottom of the pile if she were African American? And if she were Caucasian does it go to the top of the list? What if she was of Oriental descent, or Middle Eastern? What if she were Mexican? I see no reason as to why this was an important issue for the police unless your race has something to do with how they respond...

Chances are my friend will not recover her stolen items, and they will never really be able to say he was the actual one that stole the items without the items or other evidence, but what does race have to do with all that??? Can someone please answer me that question?

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