Notice anything missing?

From Page B-2 of today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:

Police reported Monday that they were looking for suspects in two sexual assaults. On Sunday, a 30-year-old woman reported that she was sexually assaulted about 3 a.m. by an unknown man as she walked in the 1800 block of Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia, police said. The offender was described as wearing a black shirt, red jacket, and blue jeans.

In an unrelated incident, a 14-year-old girl reported that she was sexually assaulted about 6:15 p.m. Thursday at 60th and West Market Streets in West Philadelphia. The girl said she was waiting for a bus when an unknown man grabbed her by an arm and walked her to a nearby vehicle, where he assaulted her, police said. The offender was described as about 6 feet tall, with a full beard, wearing a black baseball cap, a dark hooded sweatshirt, and jeans, police said. He was operating a dark blue truck with a sliding side door and a third row seat in the rear, police said.

So, what’s missing? We were told what the assailants were wearing, and that one of them had a full beard. But, other than the fact that one was around six feet tall, all of these things in the descriptions are temporary and changeable.

What can’t be changed is a person’s race, yet that one rather important and obvious characteristic is never mentioned. If the assailants are white, such a description would eliminate half of the males in the city as possible suspects; if the assailants are black, that description would eliminate about half of the men in the city as possible suspects. The two assailants could be of different races themselves, but why on God’s earth would the Philadelphia Police, or the Inquirer, leave out a permanent descriptive detail?

Political correctness is the answer, of course, and political correctness, as usual, leads to nothing but stupidity.


  1. Down here in my corner of deepest darkest Africa, the media only ever reports the race of the suspect if s/he happens to be white. Even if there’s a suspicion of “whiteness”, for instance, recently, a bank robber was caught on security camera and was described as being white, turned out the camera’s light settings were overexposed… This region is about 20% white, 30% black and 50% brown/other so it’s not always a given as to the race of a particular suspect. Interestingly, the media has no qualms mentioning the ethnicity of a suspect if they’re foreign and black, especially if they happen to be Nigerian. Conversely, white girls who go missing get reported on, black kids, not so much. And from personal experience, and I’m sure the reasons vary, but local black people will invariably wait to speak to a white cop when reporting a crime. Quite something when one considers South Africa’s not too distant history.

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