Does My Reaction To WTAE Firing Wendy Bell Make Me A Racist?

So hopefully you’ve had a change to calm down after losing it when WTAE fired Wendy Bell, sending Pittsburgh into meltdown. And maybe you’re wondering whether that thing you said or posted in the heat of the moment was a little bit racist. To help you out we’ve compiled a representative list of comments like those found all over social media, and indicated if they suggest a belief, however hidden, that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities or that it’s appropriate to group people together in a negative light based only on common superficial characteristics.

“I don’t see what was wrong with her post and, yes, I have read the original unaltered one.”

You’re a racist.

“All black people ever do is complain.”

Card carrying racist.

“I’m fed up with these people playing the racecard.”

There aren’t really things called racecards. But there are racists – you, for example.

Why isn’t Mayor Peduto getting Wendy her job back? Oh yeah – he’s too busy inviting Syrian refugees to come live here where they will form terror cells.

You are all kinds of racist. Also, City Government cannot tell private corporations whom they should or should not employ.

“I’m so sick of these blacks/******s/****s”

The dictionary definition of racist should point to you.

“I’m not racist, but…”

If you finish that sentence you are.

“Just wait until they find the killers and they’re just like Wendy predicted.”

Not really the point at all. But as to whether you’re a racist? Probably. No, definitely.

“What about her First Amendment right to speak the truth?”

You’re a racist who doesn’t understand the First Amendment.

“They’ve got a good price on ham at Giant Eagle this week.”

Hard to say.

2 Comments on "Does My Reaction To WTAE Firing Wendy Bell Make Me A Racist?"

  1. Well the last one is definitely speciesist.

  2. Dudley Sharp | April 3, 2016 at 9:51 am | Reply

    Pretty good.

    WTAE: Wendy Bell & Missing an Opportunity:
    Wendy Bell and Profiling
    Dudley Sharp

    For decades, we’d hear about a new batch of serial murders and one profile would come to mind – white male, age 25-35.

    Some folks, wrongly, interpret profiling as racism or stereotyping. Profiling is based upon probability and statistics, with solid databases.

    Based upon a horrifc crime, the premeditated murder of 6 people, in Wilkinsburg, Pa., Wendy Bell, a Pittsburgh WTAE TV news host, stated, “you needn’t be a criminal profiler”, than she went on to profile.

    “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday. … They are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested.”

    Some have stated that Bell’s comments was racist.

    It is not racist to look at the probable characteristics of the assassins, based upon the known probabilities of criminals in a jurisdiction, under a known set of circumstances.

    Competent criminal profilers get things right and they get them wrong. The only issue here is whether Bell made a credible profile based upon her knowledge, as opposed to a non credible profile based upon racism.

    Bell may have made a reasoned profile, as any true profiler would do. Bell has 18 years as a “semi pro” criminal profiler, with her database being her own, everyday professional knowledge of crimes in the area, additional research which she may have done, if any, all giving her the probable characteristics of the offenders in the area, in those circumstances.

    Whether it turns out Bell was right or wrong, in this case, was her profile reasonably accurate, based upon probability, based upon the known criminal activity in the area, as opposed to her just being racist?

    That would be easy to confirm by having a credible criminal profiler appear on WTAE to give a profile of the probable assassins and to detail where Ms. Bell was, likely, correct or not and why.

    Those who claim that Bell made a racist profile appear to have no evidence to base that upon – not yet. In effect, the allegations against Bell may be the ones based upon lower probability, but we’ll jut have to wait and see.

    CONSIDER:

    1) Based upon the greater Pittsburgh area, for the last 10 years, what will be the probable racial/ethnic characteristics of multiple assassins (2 or more) , who shot multiple black victims (2 or more), at a residence?

    Asian, Hispanic, white or black?

    Easy to look that up in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    2) Nationally, 94% of black murder victims are murdered by blacks.

    Easy to look that up in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    3) Nationally, 70% of murderers have a prior crime record.

    Easy to look that up in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    4) Based upon the data for all mass shootings, the majority of which are gang or drug related. http://crimeresearch.org/2015/07/washington-posts-misleading-article-mass-shootings-falsely-claiming-204-mass-shootings-in-204-days-this-year/

    Easy to look that up in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    5) The DEA is involved in this investigation
    http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2016/03/10/Multiple-people-shot-in-Wilkinsburg/stories/201603100136

    6) The AP wrote: “Wilkinsburg is a poor, largely blighted suburb east of Pittsburgh known for drug trafficking and gun violence . . . .”.

    It may be easy to look up the racial/ethnic, sex, age, parental status and criminal records of probable offenders in that area.

    7) What Do ALL the Mass Shooters Have in Common? No Father in the Home
    October 2, 2015 http://thebullelephant.com/what-do-all-the-mass-shooters-have-in-common-no-father-in-the-home/

    Easy to look that up in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    “percentage of the population divorced, the percentage of households headed by women, and the percentage of unattached individuals in the community are among the most powerful predictors of crime rates.”

    8) “The murders were planned, calculated, brutal,” Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala told Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV. Zappala told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that police believe there were one or two intended targets, and that a relative of the victims might have been one.

    9) Is there any rational reason or evidence for anyone to identify Wendy Bell as a “racist profiler” or as insensitive? None that have been shown.

    Bell’s profile of the assassins may, reasonably, be based upon probability, from her knowledge, as with any profiler. Is it absolutely accurate? We won’t know until they are caught, just like any profile made by a professional criminal profiler.

    Folks, WTAE and others, how about being more reasoned and thoughtful?

    dudley sharp

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