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Police Seek Person Suspected of Assaulting Another Person

First, to allay alarm, the following scenario — and the purposefully vague headline above — are hypothetical. While there were thefts and assaults in Melbourne over the weekend, this one is wholly made up.

We hope that’s crystal clear.

With that said, imagine the following newsflash:

Over the weekend a person assaulted another person in Melbourne’s CBD. The assailant struck the victim from behind and took off on foot with their phone.

The victim, described as a person, was shaken by the assault but did not require hospital attention.

Police are now looking for the person who assaulted the person, describing the attacker as ‘a person’. If you have any information about the person in question, please contact the police.

Again, none of this really happened.

But if it had, you probably wouldn’t find the above article terribly useful. Not if you were hoping to be of any assistance in helping identify the culprit, in either case.

You may wish to know a bit more. Like:

  • Was it a man or a woman?
  • Were they old or young?
  • Fat or thin?
  • Tall or short?
  • Bald or with hair?
  • Clean shaven or bearded?
  • White or…

Now wait just a darned minute! Certainly, we can leave off that last one, right? What on Earth does a person’s race have to do with anything?

Well, when it comes to outward appearance, quite a lot.

Clearly, you’d have a better chance of helping identify the culprit if you knew she was a blonde woman of Nordic appearance. Or a dark-haired man of African appearance.

Sharing that information shouldn’t point the finger of blame at all Nordic women any more than it should implicate all African men.

They’re simply facts.

The lefties in the mainstream media have delighted in pointing out men’s propensity towards violence. At the same time, they’ve been equally quick to shout down any mention of race when it comes to crime for fear of inciting racism.

Ignoring statistics is far more racist

Yet ignoring statistics simply because they make you uncomfortable is arguably far more racist than holding those same statistics up to the light for proper analysis and action.

The recent stoush about Sudanese gang violence in Victoria is a prime example.

Sudanese immigrants make up only 0.1% of Victoria’s population, but were responsible for 4% of car jackings and home invasions in the most recent statistics available.

That makes them 40-times more likely than the rest of Victoria’s population to commit a home invasion.

That’s an uncomfortable reality, to be sure. But turning a blind eye to it won’t make it go away.

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Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben is the lead editor at The Australian Tribune. Bernd makes use of his extensive network to bring you the top stories you need to know about each day. Stories the mainstream may miss. Or bury somewhere you’re unlikely to ever read them. Bernd studied aerospace engineering and journalism at the University of Michigan, before graduating with a degree in economics. Over the past two decades he’s worked in media, management, and finance in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. His other role, as the editor of the Port Phillip Insider, puts him in a unique position to read Australia’s most exclusive financial advice. Some of which he shares with readers of The Australian Tribune for free.
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  1. “Sudanese immigrants make up only 0.1% of Victoria’s population, but were responsible for 4% of car jackings and home invasions ”
    Those figures are statewide figures.
    I imagine if you looked at the statistics by suburb or electoral areas, the figures would be MUCH higher. What are the figures for Dandenong for example – % of population who are African, and % responsible for car jackings and home invasions