yes. straight up yes, it is wrong. statistics are a reflection of a group, not an individual and even if an individual belongs to the group in question, it's wrong to base assumptions about he/she on their complete lack of choice in being a part of that group. you can say "most nazis are assholes." being a nazi is a choice. you can't say "this kid is 38% more likely to rob me than the other kids." your hypothetical is entirely wrong.
Originally Posted by dwass325
Do you think it's inherently racist to pay attention to crime statistics in one's area?
Scrubbing the race information, lets say a member of a group making up less than 6% of your state's population but accounting for 38% of robberies makes a slang comment about the price of your clothes/watch/shoes. Is it wrong to be skeptical of that person's motivations, given their group's disproportionate amount of crime and that person's seemingly uneducated language? Or is it incumbent on that person to assume the best and interpret it as a simple compliment on their sartorial decisions that day?
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