Infamous bank robber Willie Sutton was once quoted as replying, “Because that’s where the money is” when a reporter asked him why he robbed banks of over $2 million in his career.
Sutton later claimed he never said that, and there is some debate as to the veracity of the statement. But whether he actually did, or if the quote was made up later by a reporter who needed something to pump up his story, it makes sense. If you are going to steal money, you go where it’s at. If you’re going hunting for deer, you’ll have better luck in a forest than in the middle of Manhattan.
So why are protesters raising hell because Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is conducting a sweep of gang members, following the shooting of one of his jailers? They claim he is singling out Hispanics in the investigation. Huh? If a Hispanic person commits a crime, should the cops look for him among the old people in predominately white Sun City, or in the areas where Hispanic gang bangers hang out?
Is it racial profiling to stop young Hispanic gang members if the suspect you are looking for is young, Hispanic, and an alleged gang member? I think so. A couple of weeks ago somebody interviewed on WGN News out of Chicago said police were singling out young African Americans for questioning in a murder investigation where the perpetrator was a young black man. I guess that person felt that the cops should go to the bingo hall and ask old women if they are the suspect?
We hear this all the time. Young black or Hispanics are being singled out for racial profiling. Young Mideastern men are profiled at airports. It’s all so unfair. Or is it? Could it just possibly be that if you look like somebody committing crimes and you are with criminals in a high crime area, it just makes sense to give you a second look? I mean, if you stick a pair of antlers on your head and wander around in the woods during hunting season, whose fault is it if you find yourself in somebody’s crosshairs?