In case you live a normal life outside of the crime-ridden streets of Minneapolis, you may have missed an important, politically correct new development: When a crime is committed on or near the campus of the University of Minnesota, the university police feel obliged to warn students to be on the lookout.
The only problem with these “warnings” is that they tell you nothing about the suspect except what they were wearing at the time the crime was committed.
For example, here’s an urgent crime message from earlier this month:
A student was violently robbed near the campus but the campus-wide warning is next to useless unless the perp never changes his clothes. These crime alerts would be laughable except more and more students are being attacked, robbed and assaulted with little or no information on how to avoid the same fate.
Six years ago, the U announced that their crime reports would remove any mention of the race of any suspect so that these reports would not “unintentionally reinforce[s] racist stereotypes of Black men, and other people of color, as criminals and threats.”
Instead, policy advised students to be “alert” while walking on campus and to “not talk on cellphones” while walking through campus. Yep, we don’t have a rash of violent robberies near the campus, we just have oblivious students talking too much on their cellphones…. Nothing like victim blaming and shaming.