It’s no secret, nor is it disputed, that the Establishment Left considers it right and good for “people of color” to be served by people who “look like themselves.” We’ve seen them clamor for “doctors who look like their patients,” and for “teachers who look like their students.”
Will we see demands for garbage collectors who look like their customers? Not likely. It’s only important for “people of color” to be represented when the occupation in question carries a certain amount of status or power.
Police officers have plenty of power, and they’re held in high esteem by large segments of the population. A New York Times article tells us that…
Experts say that diversity in the police force increases a department’s credibility with its community. “Even if police officers of whatever race enforce the law in relatively the same way, there is a huge image problem with a department that is so out of sync with the racial composition of the local population,” said Ronald Weitzer, a sociologist at George Washington University.
The article goes on to list a number of districts where the proportion of white police officers is higher than the proportion of whites in the general population. A couple of districts have an overrepresentation of black officers – but this is not seen as a problem. The assumption is that black, and Hispanic, officers can police a white population without problems, but that white officers should not police a black/Hispanic population.
The article mentions a few districts where the population used to be majority white, but transformed to be majority black. Without saying so explicitly, the understanding is that white officers, in these transformed neighborhoods, should be either let go or transferred.
The dynamics of how these neighborhood became transformed is not explored. The plight of whites who were forced from their homes, by high-crime rates, bullying, ethnic hostility and loud parties, is not addressed. These whites are internal refugees, but their status as such is not recognized by any official body, nor is their story told in any organized, or official, way.
I agree that white officers should not police majority black, or Hispanic, neighborhoods; it’s too dangerous for them, and “the community” will oppose them every time they use force against a non-white criminal. We’ve seen this numerous times, most recently with Michael Brown in Ferguson.
Black officers should not be trusted to police white neighborhoods either. There’s too much racial animosity, and too much opportunity for abuse.
Let’s give the Establishment Left what they want. Let black doctors treat black patients, and white doctors treat white patients. Let black teachers teach black students and white teachers teach white students. Let black police officers patrol black neighborhoods, and white officers patrol white neighborhoods.
In other words, let there be segregation – of the voluntary kind. Let each group take care of its own. This would save countless lives and billions of dollars. This is what freedom of association brings: Peace and tranquility. Harmony and good-will.