That's an idiom from 17th-century England (in Latin, "Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat"), stemming from ancient Greek roots. It keeps coming up, because human behavior seemingly keeps right on confirming it.
The latest manifestation is from Virginia.
The Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force (NVRGTF) announced it would stop using the GangNet database that catalogs thousands of gang members in the DC Metropolitan area after activists complained it had a disproportionate number of minorities entered into it.
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GangNet is more widely used by more than 120 law enforcement agencies in the greater Washington, DC area that includes densely populated counties in both Maryland and Virginia.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) runs the database, according to The Washington Post.
The office said GangNet had been in use for about 10 years in the area and has about 7,800 gang members in its database.
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HIDTA Executive Director Tom Carr said GangNet regularly helps investigators solve gang-related cases, The Washington Post reported.
“The whole purpose of the system is to identify all the different gangs and their members operating in the area,” Carr said. “It is merely a pointer system.”
He said that dropping GangNet could be detrimental to law enforcement, The Washington Post reported.
“It could really hamstring investigations and jeopardize officers’ safety by not being able to know you are dealing with an identified gang member,” Carr explained.
The GangNet database is also used by local jails and prisons who screen new inmates for gang affiliations to figure out where to house them safely within the inmate populate, The Washington Post reported.
Critics of the database have said that it contained a disproportionate number of minorities ... But Carr said that wasn’t what was happening to create the disparity in numbers.
He said the majority of the gangs in the Washington area draw from minority communities, The Washington Post reported.
There's more at the link.
I've served as a prison chaplain. I've encountered literally thousands - perhaps, over the course of my work there, tens of thousands - of gang-bangers. They're almost all "minorities" - strongly Black, with lesser numbers of Hispanics of various origins, and some from even smaller minorities such as Vietnamese or Somalis. They're overwhelmingly more likely to form criminal gangs than other racial or ethnic groups. Every street cop or corrections officer can tell you that. It's a matter of fact. It's the plain and simple truth.
For some damned fool to complain that the preponderance of "minorities" in a list of gang-bangers is because of racial discrimination is so utterly stupid as to defy reality. Even worse, for some damned fool bureaucrat or politically correct nitwit to stop using such a valuable law enforcement resource as a result . . . that's reckless endangerment of the community and of police officers, if you ask me. Now responding officers won't know whether they're dealing with a gang problem, rather than individual criminals - and that might cost them their lives.
This is so stupid that I can't find the words to condemn it sufficiently. Welcome to politically correct policing, Virginia. I hope you enjoy it - but I can reliably predict that you won't.