John Leo has written what can serve as a follow-up to recent VFR discussions on “racial profiling” and the Beltway Sniper case: P.C. timidity in sniper case may have cost lives. A key additional bit of information Leo provides is that “Eric Hickey, a criminal psychology professor at California State University-Fresno, says there are plenty of minority serial killers—blacks account for about 13 percent of the U.S. population and 22 percent of serial killers.” So not only is a white man less likely than a non-white to be a sniper murderer—that we already knew—but he is also less likely than a black man to be a serial killer at all.
The racial profiling of whites in this case was therefore different from most racial profiling in a very basic way: it had the relative probabilities reversed. Because at least if Professor Hickey is correct, being black increases the chances that someone is a serial murderer. When the significant correlation of blackness with serial murder is combined with the indications that plainly connected the snipers with Jamaica and with Black Muslims—indications that must have rung bells with at least some DC policemen—the refusal to consider the possibility that the sniper might be someone other than the eternal Angry White Male of our rulers’ self-justifying fantasies becomes inexcusable.