Religion of Peace Strikes Again
West Not 100% Angelic

Valid Bias?

Ummah Pulse:

74% of Muslims in Britain are Asian and a report by the Metropolitan Police Authority in London titled Counter Terrorism: The London Debate reveals that a disproportionate number of Asian men are stopped and searched, particularly on London's underground.

As a percentage of London's total population, Asians constitute 12% and Muslims, of all nationalities, constitute 8.5%. If there was no bias against Asians then we would see only around 12% of those being stopped being Asian but instead the figures are between 16% and 21%.

Two questions:

  1. Is this shocking?
  2. Should people be stopped and checked randomly?



They would be foolish not to consider ethnicity as a factor and age as another factor (among others, carrying a bag, concealing a bag) since there are significant correlations with the bombers. They would also be foolish not to search generally randomly as it acts a deterrent and the extremists are not defined by ethnicity but by ideology and can be of diffeent ethnicities. I would use a weighted algiorythmn to make 'random' searches and I would supplement that with searches based on reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct or peculiar behaviors that are associated with bombings/bombers.


I don't think there is anything wrong with being sensitive to the inconvenience you are causing and trying to minimize perceptions of unfairness or spread around the inconvenience. A good law-enforcement effort depends on Muslim residents who are not ill-disposed toward the government.

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