I've worked with mostly juvenile and some adult sex offenders for a long time, over a decade now. I've seen everything from a 10-year old girl who molested a 5-year old in an elementary school bathroom to a group of boys who raped a girl in the back of a moving school bus. But I have to admit that in my years handling these sorts of cases, I've come across exactly three female sex offenders and hundreds of male ones. Makes me a freakishly overprotective parent. Blech.
So it is one school of thought that justifies preferring a female babysitter over a male babysitter, because statistically your child is safer with a female babysitter? That seems like discrimination like any other.
It's no different than someone not trusting a black person because statistically they have higher rates of incarceration.
Yes, it is different. There are many, highly varied situations people could be incarcerated for (including quite a few spurious or prejudiced police, prison, and jury decisions). Saying one doesn't trust "those people" in general based on a higher rate of imprisonment
, is making more guesses about a much wider variety of cases, but in a social environment where we know a more general bias exists. Elina was talking about cases where, I gather, she knows the details quite well. And she is in some position to observe some of those biases in the system and society as they apply
to what she is talking about.
Although since you mention it... I wonder how many Black convictions are small-time urban drug convictions. Say in those for example, it's not too surprising
if you don't "trust" communities the government has divested of basic funding and opportunity to begin with. They've been given pressures that can readily lead to a desperate financial situation. You could
-- speaking quite generally -- compare it to men not being socially motivated, educated and trained to help with children so often. (With caveat that most of those with ultimate power over "public" leadership such as any related legislation, are well, men
?) But I feel that with any closer inspection below the broad-level generalization, even that probably wouldn't come out all that