SF Transit: Releasing Robbery Surveillance Videos Would Be 'Racially Insensitive'

"It would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

Welcome to the politically correct, multicultural utopia of the San Francisco Bay Area, where transit authorities are refusing to release surveillance videos that captured a wave of robberies committed by groups of teens at BART stations, because to do so might inspire racial animus toward minorities.

Red State's Kira Davis, whom you may remember from her video for TruthRevolt here, reports that the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) authorities are withholding surveillance videos of the following violent robberies committed over the last three months:

April 22: Forty to sixty kids boarded a train at the Coliseum stop and robbed seven passengers, beating up two;

June 28: A group of four kids assaulted a passenger and made off with a cell phone at Dublin; and

June 30: A woman on a train with about a dozen teenagers had her phone snatched by one them before the group got off at the Coliseum stop. Thankfully, a good Samaritan was on hand to retrieve the phone.

CBS interviewed BART Board of Directors member Debora Allen, who said that turning over the tapes to the press would be “racially insensitive”: “To release these videos would create a high level of racially insensitive commentary toward the district," she said. "And in addition it would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

Translation: it's more important to protect minorities from potential mean looks than it is to reduce crime, so it's better to keep law-abiding, paying customers in the dark about the possible violent threat they face anytime they ride BART.

In addition, CBS reports that "According to a memo distributed to BART Directors, the agency won’t do a press release on the June 30 theft because it was a 'petty crime' that would make BART look 'crime ridden.' Furthermore, it would 'unfairly affect and characterize riders of color, leading to sweeping generalizations in media reports.'”

Translation: we certainly can't have people drawing their own conclusions based on what their lyin' eyes are telling them, can we?

In an email, Allen asked BART Assistant General Manager Kerry Hamill to clarify the transit authority's position:

Allen emailed Hamill, “I don’t understand what role the color of one’s skin plays in this issue [of whether to divulge information]. Can you explain?” Hamill responded, “If we were to regularly feed the news media video of crimes on our system that involve minority suspects, particularly when they are minors, we would certainly face questions as to why we were sensationalizing relatively minor crimes and perpetuating false stereotypes in the process.” And added her opinion of the media: “My view is that the media’s real interest in the videos of youth phone snatching incidents isn’t the desire for transparency but rather the pursuit of ratings. They know that video of these events will drive clicks to their websites and viewers to their programs because people are motivated by fear.”

As Red State's Kira Davis notes, "BART riders are being beaten and robbed but authorities don’t want to properly inform the public so they can be alert because that might make more racism. Allen says it would 'create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains,'" but the criminals themselves are "the ones creating a 'racial bias' by beating and robbing people."