“I Don`t Think It Does Race”—The Rise Of Raceless Police Suspect Sketches
the New York Times gave the world the "raceless"
perpetrator. With its decision to refuse to provide
readers with the
second type of information that police list about an
assailant (after "sex"), the
of record” combined an implicit acknowledgement of
blacks` astronomically high crime rates with
As is so often the case, eventually
the rest of the press embraced the Times` vice—to
the point where
race" is now a major VDARE.com blog category.
Some years ago,
the press extended its refusal to describe
"black" perpetrators to Hispanic ones. And when one media outlet
failed to toe the line, and made the PC error of trying
to help protect the public from heinous criminals such
as Arizona`s "Chandler Rapist," Spanish-language
radio outfit New Radio Venture/KMYL (1190 AM)
demanded that it cease and desist.
(On March 1,
illegal immigrant Santana Batiz-Aceves, aka Ricardo
Ramirez Lopez, aka Chaparro , aka Shorty, whose history
two deportations following drug arrests, pleaded
guilty to raping five girls between 12 and 15 years of
age, and was sentenced to 168 years in prison—no thanks
to Hispanic chauvinist and New Radio Venture VP Mayra
Nieves who had asked the police not to describe the
attacker as Hispanic.)
Periodically, I check into who
exactly is responsible for not reporting an assailant`s
race. Usually, the police will give the full description
they received from victims and/or witnesses, and the
newspaper or TV news censors it. For example, this was
the pattern in
Man" and James Paroline racial murders and with
Choral Society of Durham, NC burglar.
Until now, the only time that I
have been able to
catch police deliberately misleading the public about an
as yet unsolved black-on-white crime was in the case
racist, black homosexual Baytown, TX serial
Baytown PD Lt. Richard Whitaker
claimed that there was no profile common to the
victims—when in fact he knew that the kidnapper-rapist (the
since convicted and imprisoned Keith Hill) was
targeting smallish, frail-looking white men between 18
and 21 years of age, who were living at home with their
parents, and whom he would stalk for weeks at a time.
Which brings us to the June 4
robbery and rape that were allegedly committed in
Charlotte, North Carolina, and reported later that day
on the Charlotte Observer`s Web site. [Woman
robbed, sexually assaulted in residence by Steve
Lyttle and Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Charlotte Observer,
June 4, 2010.]
The story, which suggested that the
rape had accompanied a rip-off of drug dealers, was
accompanied by three revolving composite police sketches
of the assailants. (The
American Renaissance staff helpfully posted all
three police composite sketches together on a line.)
provided these descriptions of suspects:
was a dark-skinned black male, about 6-foot-2 or
6-foot-3, age 23 or 24, wearing dark clothes.
“Another was a black male, about 5-foot-10 and thin with
long hair, wearing loose clothing with a shirt over his
[Hence, the sketch`s lack of a mouth.]
third was a black male of medium build with a round face
and short hair, wearing black sunglasses and a baseball
A Picture Is
Worth a Thousand Words, by Thomas Jackson, Special to AR News, June 9, 2010]
As American Renaissance`s
Thomas Jackson remarked of assailant number one: "He
looks to us more like a Martian than he does a
dark-skinned black. Maybe the lighting is different in
I decided to find out who was
responsible for sketches so at variance with the police
descriptions. My first stop was the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).
I reached CMPD spokeswoman, Officer
NS: I`m calling regarding a case that was written up in the
Observer on June 4 about a woman who was robbed
and sexually assaulted in her residence at the Summit
Ridge Apartments on Farm Pond Lane.
NS: The Observer published
three photographs [sic] of suspects, and I wanted to
confirm by you whether the photographs printed in the
were exactly as they were done up by your sketch artist.
would assume so.
NS: Because there`s something peculiar. The first one is of a male who has
highly peculiar features, I would say. They look really
like they were done with a computer graphic program,
anyway, rather than a real sketch artist. And it says,
the first one was a dark-skinned black male about 6`2"
or 6`3," aged 23-24, wearing dark clothes, but when you
look at the face, he looks white to me! So, I`m
wondering how a sketch of a supposedly dark-skinned
black male could look so pale.
[Since Officer Harrington isn`t responding, I continue:]
So, I wanted to find out if that was really what came out of the CMPD,
or whether it had been altered by the
would assume that they aren`t altered. [Unclear] the
pictures that we provide for them. I think for the most
part the sketches, or whether we use computer
programming, they`re not gonna actually color a face in,
to make it black, or highlight a face to make it
Hispanic, or Oriental, or whatever.
that would tend to make for inaccurate pictures, though.
I`m thinking that`s why they put "black male" under the
well, we`ll have to see. We`ll have to see what shakes
out with this. Thank you very much for your time.
Observer reporter Cleve R.
Wootson Jr., who had co-authored the story with Steve
Lyttle, was kind enough to speak with me at length about
the sketch issue.
I`m calling regarding a story you and Steve Lyttle co-authored, in the
about a rape at the Summit Ridge Apartments on Farm Pond
Road….There were three composite drawings that
accompanied the story. Now, I looked at the online
version, so it was one of those deals where you hit an
icon and it revolves to the different pictures.
I wanted to determine if the three images that you printed in the story
appeared in the story exactly as they came from the
R. Wootson Jr.:
sent an electronic file, and we put the electronic file
into the story. I mean, the only thing that`s different
Alright. The reason I asked was, the descriptions are—for the first
suspect it says, "a dark-skinned black male" but when I
look at the image, he looks—I`m white, and he looks
about as pale as me
and that`s the weird thing about whatever the software
that they used. I don`t think it does race.
Yeah, I don`t think it makes things darker or lighter, or anything like
that. But we didn`t alter them, once we got them. We
just put `em up there, as it was. [unclear]
But we found it a little odd, I guess….
And the thing I`m interested in
[unclear], `cause I think the
software thing they use is relatively new. They`ve put
out very few composites to it, and it may determine how
we approach it in the future.
If these guys
are caught, how the images the police put out compare to
the mug shots or whatever pictures that are taken of
them. If we find that it`s just totally off base or
totally different or totally doesn`t really do any good,
we may revisit whether or not to run things like that.
You don`t want to put—I mean eyewitness testimony, everybody knows about
the dubiousness of that, but you don`t want to put out a
composite that doesn`t do any good.
Exactly. You could end up with a totally innocent guy getting shot or
Wootson: Shot, or apprehended, or fingered, or put in jail.
Americans are now used to seeing
the MSM effectively covering up for black and Hispanic
criminals. But this time the reporters were the good
guys. The police were the problem.
After some 40 years of affirmative
action in law enforcement, and buffeted by the
racial profiling myth, police are becoming
increasingly Politically Correct.
For instance in 1974, when a black
reporter sought to intimidate white San Francisco Police
Department Chief Donald Scott by challenging him as to
why police were only questioning black men in
the "Zebra Murders" case, Chief Scott simply
stated the obvious: The suspects were all black. But
today, stating the obvious can be career suicide for a
police chief, as in the case of Col.
lost his job as the head of the New Jersey State
Police for saying that the drug trade was mostly handled
by minorities. And
after he has spoken the truth, and been cashiered, the
politician who fired him will accuse him of having
"damaged the credibility" of law enforcement!
Today`s law enforcement agencies
are not only overrun with blacks, Hispanics, and women
physically unfit for the job, but also with
racially sycophantic whites. With "the thin blue
line" that separates urbanized, bureaucratized
civilization from anarchy substantially blurred or
external and internal pressure against crime-fighting
having led to
"de-policing," police departments are often
more concerned with policing impressions than
with policing the streets.
A department wasting precious funds
on a composite sketch computer software that "doesn`t
do race" is an extension of that Keystone Kops
Many white police officials today
primarily concerned with protecting themselves against
charges of "racial profiling." But
no matter how many whites law enforcement officials
sacrifice, their racial pandering will win no hearts
or minds among their black, Hispanic, and white leftist
and libertarian enemies.
Police may respond to crime,
including murder, with ever more statistical
legerdemain—on the west coast see
database omits nearly 40% of this year`s crimes,
by Ben Welsh and Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, July 09, 2009, on the east coast see
Stats Are a Crime, By Paul Moses,
October 25, 2005.
But this, rather than fooling the public, will
merely cause people who previously supported the police
to turn on them.
Police sketches, along with
truthful descriptions of alleged assailants, don`t
merely make catching criminals easier—the also serve a
more general, yet vital social function. They let people
know that two of society`s most powerful institutions,
the media and the police, care about them. For a society
not to degenerate into nihilism and anarchy, moral
distinctions must always be emphasized, and the Good
Guys distinguished from the Bad Guys. Power and moral
passion both abhor a vacuum.
Besides which, there`s nothing
wrong with hating monsters.
But when the people running
powerful institutions refuse to make and to enforce
moral and legal distinctions as basic as identifying
alleged criminals, law-abiding citizens are overcome by
anomie, rage and despair.
In the spirit of today`s mild, mild Web, a
Charlotte Observer editor tacked on to the
rape-robbery story, "Comments have been removed
because of the nature of this story."
(For more on how affirmative
action/diversity has hurt policing, see my chapter on
crime in the NPI report that I edited, and co-wrote with
economist and VDARE.com contributor
Edwin S. Rubenstein and historian
Robert J. Stove:
The State of White America-2007.)
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