Texas, a state that somewhere along the line became the emblem of backward thinking, has come up with another idea that will have you scratching your head.
Texas has long had a problem with racial and with racial profiling by the police. According to the ACLU:
Six out of every seven law enforcement agencies in Texas reported searching blacks and Latinos at higher rates than Anglos following a traffic stop, according to a groundbreaking report released today.
To battle that perception, state troopers have been falsely identifying Latinos they pull over as white. It’s not that they’re giving the Latinos the “white treatment,” which is often to let them go. It’s that they’re trying to pass themselves off as treating white people equally as badly. They aren’t.
Now, Texas thinks the solution is to have each person stopped confirm their ethnicity. That should go over well. I can only imagine Latinos who live in fear of the law stating they’re white, hoping a little privilege will rub off on them.
Here’s the video:
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