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Friday, December 18, 2015

Light Rail Racial Disparity

In a recent report that states that African-American and American Indian LRT Riders are more likely to be arrested for not paying as opposed to Caucasian riders more likely only being "warned," an important piece of data has been left out of the equation. That being what is the racial breakdown of the people who are not paying their fares? I only ask, because statistics are really only valid when all parts are shown. Leaving out key data can skew the results. That said, this is an easy fix. From now on, no one who is caught by Metro Transit police should be given "warnings." From this moment forward, every single person, regardless of race or other demographic identity, should be arrested and prosecuted. No more warnings. There now! It's all fixed!

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