Texas HOA sends email that says beware of black males

A Texas HOA (Home Owners Association) is under fire for an email. The email asks residents to report if they see any groups of black males in the area. This was supposedly sparked after a resident was beaten and robbed by a group of teens. So is this racist or is this a reasonable response to a troubling situation? Share your thoughts.


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  • Spanish Inquisitor  On May 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Forget racism. It’s just stupid. Unless he live in a large area in which there are NO black males, such an email will simply describe just about anyone. And it will make people suspicious of innocent black males.

    I take it back. That is racist, because it assumes that “any” group of males, identified only by their race, is suspicious.

    But it’s still stupid.

    • Bill  On May 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      SI, I am black, as you might know, and I live in a community which is comprised of approximately 95% white residents. Several months ago there was a rash of daytime burglaries in the community. The HOA sent out an email message alerting residents of the occurences and requesting a look out for a white male , approximately age fifteen seen riding a bicycycle in the neighborhood during school hours.

      A suspect fitting that description was subsequently apprehended and charged with three counts of breaking and entering. My questions to you is were we wrong to racially profile the suspect and was it racist considering the majority of the residents in the community are white?

      • Spanish Inquisitor  On May 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        white male , approximately age fifteen seen riding a bicycle in the neighborhood during school hours.

        The description is more than simply his skin color there. Now look at the one in the email.

        “If you see any group of young black males in the neighborhood after school, chances are they are up to no good and should be reported as suspicious persons to the Constables.”

        A description of one specific person should include his race, along with anything else that might distinguish him from others. Age, riding a bicycle, after school, etc.

        A description of simply “a group of blacks” is so generic as to be completely pointless, and lends a touch of insincerity to the person who wrote the email.

        We have news broadcasts where a crime is described, and then they proceed to describe, for instance, “A while male, wearing blue genes, a white T-shirt and light sandy hair” Not much, and describes a large population, but if it’s all you have, who can fault that? The race description cuts the possibilities down significantly, at a minimum, and the rest does it even more.

        But to say, “be on a lookout for a group of black males, because the odds are they’re up to no good”, doesn’t sound like a sincere effort to apprehend anyone.

        OK, I have to chuckle, because the other example I thought of was of a streaker running through the neighborhood. “Be on the lookout for a naked white guy”. That’s about all you can say about him. 😉

      • elogam  On May 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        If all they have is “a group of black males” then that’s the best they can do. The added “the odds are they’re up to no good” was stupid. They don’t know that, and obviously we’re dealing with someone who has not had PR training. Racist? Don’t know for sure without more information.

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