San Francisco: Black Public Officials Bemoan Blacks Make Up Nearly Half of BART Riders Getting Citations for Fare Evasion

Monday, December 23, 2019
By Paul Martin

Paul Kersey
December 23, 2019

Previously on SBPDL: Pattern Recognition a Greater Sin Than Black Criminality: BART Officials Protecting Black Criminals from “Racially Insensitive Commentary”

A glimpse of what’s coming in 2020? Hint: the state-mandated concept of black privilege trumping the enforcement of the law. [Nearly half of BART fare citations go to black riders, but police say system prevents profiling, San Francisco Chronicle, December 19, 2019]:

BART’s high-profile quest to cut down on its fare-evasion epidemic has produced dramatic racial disparities, newly released records show, with nearly half of proof-of-payment citations going to African American riders.

Agency officials, however, said the effort to dissuade fare cheats has built-in guards to ensure enforcement is fair and that groups of riders are targeted in a particular place at the same time, without regard to their appearance.Of 12,207 citations doled out from July 18, 2018, to June 30, 2019, roughly 46% were given to people who identified themselves to BART proof-of-payment officers as African American, BART data show.

According to BART surveys, African Americans account for 12% of BART riders, while white people comprise 44%, Asians make up 23% and Latinos account for 18%.A similar racial disparity was seen last year from March to the end of August, when BART staff released a report showing that African Americans accounted for 47% of people cited.The new figures were first revealed by transit activist Chris Arvin.

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