Here’s a great piece from the always-worth-reading Dr. Thomas Sowell: The ‘Disparate Impact’ Racket. Excerpt:
The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. The first report, about “the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson” ought to be read by every American.
It says in plain English what facts have been established by an autopsy on Michael Brown’s body — by three different pathologists, including one representing the family of Michael Brown — by DNA examination of officer Darren Wilson’s gun and police vehicle, by examination of the pattern of blood stains on the street where Brown died and by a medical report on officer Wilson, from the hospital where he went for treatment.
The bottom line is that all this hard evidence, and more, show what a complete lie was behind all the stories of Michael Brown being shot in the back or being shot while raising his hands in surrender. Yet that lie was repeated, and dramatized in demonstrations and riots from coast to coast, as well as in the media and even in the halls of Congress.
The other Justice Department report, issued the same day — “Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department” — was a complete contrast. Sweeping assumptions take the place of facts, and misleading statistics are thrown around recklessly. This second report is worth reading, just to get a sense of the contrast with the first.
In simple language, the first report was factual; the second, political.
It has gone well past annoying to see actors, sports figures and even politicians repeating the “hands up, don’t shoot meme” now that we know it is based on a lie; Michael Brown did not have his hands up, he did not say “don’t shoot,” he attacked a cop minutes after committing a strong-arm robbery.
And in that second report, the DOJ is resorting to empty rhetoric to appease an angry mob; they rely on the canard of “disparate impact” with no evidence, because the facts of the Michael Brown shooting do nothing to address the desired outcome of that mob- the demonization of the Ferguson Police Department.
And what is the goal of the Justice Department here, anyway? Is it to eliminate ‘disparate impact?’ That might not be too surprising from an Administration that constantly complains about ‘income inequality,’ the solution to which is always – always – some variation on taking something away from people who have earned it and giving to people who have not.
Sort of like the Ferguson looters, taking merchandise they have not earned or paid for.
Dr. Sowell concludes: Even with things whose outcomes are not in human hands, “disparate impact” is common. Men are struck by lightning several times as often as women. Most of the tornadoes in the entire world occur in the middle of the United States.
Since the population of Ferguson is 67 percent black, the greatest possible “over-representation” of blacks among those stopped by police or fined by courts is 50 percent. That would not make the top 100 disparities in the United States or the top 1,000 in the world.
As usual, Dr. Sowell is correct.