I’ve said many times that state legislatures is where you find the dumbest and fringe-iest elected officials. Here’s another good example, Rep. Bob Thorpe, an Arizona Republican. Reacting to Attorney General Eric Holder’s call for sentencing reforms, he tweeted this:
On Monday, Thorpe accused Attorney General Eric Holder — the first African American in U.S. history to serve as Attorney General — of racial bias. After Holder announced drug sentencing reforms, the Arizona Republican tweeted, “Why is Holder now Soft on Crime? Perhaps: black = 12%-13% US population, but make up 40.1% (2.1 million) of male inmates in jail or prison.”
Most of those inmates are there on drug charges. And guess what? Blacks buy and sell about 13% of all the drugs in this country too, according to many studies and FBI statistics. So why do they make up such a high percentage of drug arrests and prosecutions? Because of racially biased policing, which focuses almost exclusively on inner cities and ignores the college kid who sells pot to his buddies and the lawyer doing coke in the executive men’s room. There are so many studies that uniformly show that the police target minorities disproportionately in almost everything they do that one has to be willfully ignorant to ignore those facts.
When called out by a colleague for the divisive accusation, he doubled-down, asking, “What’s Holder’s motivation for reversing extremely low crime rates? Could harm minorities the most!”
Huh? How is Holder “reversing extremely low crime rates”? And if you’re going to ask his motivations, why aren’t you asking why many conservative intellectuals and even ALEC now agree with him?