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The ‘Disparate Impact’ Racket by Thomas Sowell

March 18, 2015

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell takes a look at the two reports about the Ferguson Missouri shooting of Micheal Brown, issued by Eric Holder’s Justice Department, in this article titled, The ‘Disparate Impact’ Racket.

In the article Dr. Sowell talks about the difference between the hard evidence and facts used in the first report that proved Brown was in the wrong, and the “sweeping assumptions” and “misleading statistics” used to condemn the Ferguson Police Department as racist in the second report.

Here are some excerpts from the article.

“According to the second report, law enforcement in Ferguson has a “disparate impact” on blacks and is “motivated” by “discriminatory intent”.”
“Like many other uses of “disparate impact” statistics, the Justice Department’s evidence against the Ferguson police department consists of numbers showing that the percentage of people stopped by police or fined in court is larger than the percentage of blacks in the local population.”

“The implicit assumption is that such statistics about particular outcomes would normally reflect the percentage of people in the population. But, no matter how plausible this might seem on the surface, it is seldom found in real life, and those who use that standard are seldom, if ever, asked to produce hard evidence that it is factually correct, as distinct from politically correct.”

“Blacks are far more statistically “over-represented” among basketball stars in the NBA than among people stopped by police in Ferguson. Hispanics are similarly far more “over-represented” among baseball stars than in the general population. Asian Americans are likewise far more “over-represented” among students at leading engineering schools like M.I.T. and Cal Tech than in the population as a whole.”

“None of this is peculiar to the United States. You can find innumerable examples of such group disparities in countries around the world and throughout recorded history.

“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.


Here is a video of a younger Dr. Sowell addressing statistical disparities with host William F. Buckley on Firing Line.

Must Reads For The Week 3/7/15

March 7, 2015
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

DOJ: Wilson Won’t Be Charged In Ferguson Fatal Shooting, at I put emotion aside, and look at these shootings involving police, strictly from the evidence involved. We knew early on, the evidence in the Ferguson case backed up the cops story. That didn’t stop people like AG Holder and the President from fanning the racial flames that sparked the riots in Ferguson. This week AG Holder and his DOJ couldn’t even spin the evidence enough to charge the officer, officer Wilson was exonerated. This is why I hate politics, the high cost of trying to own a particular issue is paid by people (those who were looted or vandalized in the riots) who are in no way involved. The cost of playing political games is more than just taxes and regulations.

Caught On Tape: LAPD Guns Down Homeless Man In Broad Daylight, at Here is a video of LA cops shooting a man they have on the ground. It happened this week, and watching the video, it looks bad. I know that we are second guessing split second decisions, but the guy was on the ground with five cops on top of him. Let’s wait and see if more evidence comes to light about this shooting.

Charges Crumble after Cell Phone Video Uncovered, at This story is why we should not trust people who have the ability to wield power over us. Just because people become “public servants” doesn’t mean they give up the human trait of self-interest. In fact they may have craved positions of power for the very purpose of using it to impose their superior wisdom on we the ignorant masses.

Texas Town Sees 61% Drop In Crime After Kicking Out Cops, at Most people today can’t even imagine how society would work without police to enforce laws. Sharpstown Tx. has contracted with the private security firm, SEAL Security Solutions, to supply security for their town. Crime has gone down and they have saved $200,000 by going private.

Hillary Clinton Created Multiple Private E-Mail Accounts, at The break down of the rule of law starts when our “leaders” violate the law. This is just another example of lawlessness by bureaucrats and politicians. She will not be held accountable to the law even though she broke the law. This particular situation isn’t the start us going down this road, it is just another mile marker we have passed along the road.

1996 Called. Wants Its Clinton Fundraising And Documents Scandals Back, at The private e-mail lawbreaking isn’t anything new when it comes to the Clintons. Most young people don’t remember all the scandals during the 90’s. This is standard operating procedure for the Clintons. Read: Hillary And Benghazi: Call In The Cleaners.

Top Senate Republican Tells States To Not Draft Plans To Cut Carbon Dioxide From Power Plants, at Senator McConnell is trying to get States to do the work he doesn’t have the stones to do. Hey Mitch, here’s an idea, defund the EPA or get rid of it. Congress created this agency in 1970 giving up their congressional power of legislation to unelected bureaucrats. Congress has power over this agency. Stand up and do something about it. Maybe standing up to Big Government is a job that Americans won’t do. Although I do agree that states should be standing up against federal government mandates. Too many laws leads to the break down of the rule of law.

Customers Save A San Francisco Bookstore, At Least For Now, at Raising the minimum wage was going to force Borderland Books to close its doors. If they could get 300 customers each to buy a $100 one-year sponsorship they could stay open. I don’t think this is a very good business model, but if it is voluntary, I don’t have a problem with it. Do the sponsors know that they will be asked to do this again next year? Do the sponsors know the minimum wage increase is the reason they have to pay to keep the store open? How many sponsors were in favor of the minimum wage ordinance?