Identity Politics Go Through the Looking Glass

Change! “The head of a city taxi-drivers union is urging hacks to use ‘racial profiling’ when deciding whether to pick up passengers, after a Queens livery driver was shot by an apparently Hispanic gunman over the weekend, the New York Post reports:

The brutal attack was captured by the vehicle’s security camera — which yesterday led to a tip that helped cops ID a suspect, who has not yet been caught. He was not identified, but a source said he’s 22, from Queens and has a sealed police record.

“Profile your passengers; it’s very important,” said Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, after Saturday’s shooting of Trevor Bell, 53, in South Ozone Park.

Mateo spoke at a press conference Saturday outside Jamaica Hospital, where Bell is in serious condition.

“I don’t care about racial profiling. You know, sometimes it is good we are racially profiled, because the God’s honest truth is that 99 percent of the people that are robbing, stealing, killing these drivers are blacks and Hispanics,” said Mateo, who is Hispanic and has a black father.

“So if you see suspicious activity, you know what? Don’t pick that person up.”

Naturally, such common sense is too much for Al Sharpton:

City Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) added that Mateo was “just talking foolish out of . . . desperation because he doesn’t know what to do about a very serious issue.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton called Mateo’s remarks “absurd.”

But Mateo as told the Post, looping the Mobius Loop of identity politics and throwing Sharpton’s racialist “logic” back into his face, “I’m asking black and Hispanic people to profile their own, so how the hell can this be racist?”



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