The vast majority of “white” suspects on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s “10 Most Wanted Fugitives” all have something in common: They are not white.
An eagle-eyed Redditor posting in a Donald Trump thread late Tuesday night noted how TDPS lumps all Hispanic suspects under a “white” designation. The same criteria, however, is not applied to victims in the Bureau of Justice’s Criminal Victimization Report, which reports to the U.S. Department of Justice. Victims can be separated by race and ethnicity.
“For victimization the Bureau of Justice releases a Criminal Victimization Report (2014), which includes racial categories of black, white, Hispanic and other,” wrote user Reborn. “This obviously makes it appear that whites are responsible for a much greater share of violence than is actually the case, and on the other side it makes it seem like the percentage of black crime has gone down relative to the other races.”
The list of “Most Wanted” individuals includes:
- Benjamin Dominguez (white): Wanted for indecency with a child by exposure, probation violation. Gang affiliation: Barrio Azteca.
- Raul Ambrosios Jimenez Jr. (white): Wanted for sexual assault of a child, traffic of person under 18 – prostitution, probation Violation. Gang affiliation: Texas Syndicate.
- Justin Lane Slatton Jr. (white): Wanted for murder (2 Counts) and burglary of building. Gang affiliation: Latin Kings.
- Freddie Alaniz (white): Wanted for murder, sexual assault of a child, possession of marijuana.
- Jose Fernando Bustos-Diaz (white): Flight-escape to avoid prosecution for homicide.
- Jamie Gonzalez (white): Wanted for possession of child pornography, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution
- Israel Aguirre (white): Wanted for murder.
- Eusebio Deleon (white): Wanted for murder and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
- Iris Iliana Rodriguez (white): Wanted for indecency with a child by sexual contact, indecency with a child, unlawful restraint, harassment.
- Tommy Dale Sells Jr. (white): Wanted for aggravated sexual assault of child under 14 (2 Counts), indecency with child by contact.
Only one man on the list, Mr. Sells, actually appears to be white.
Readers at the Daily Caller were not shocked at the revelation.
“Wait one second. My white neighbor was considering naming his son Barrio Azteca Stuart, and i know of at least three white girls with whom I attended high school named ‘Eusebio,’” joked reader Leon Wilkeson.
“No surprise, Really. The worst traitors are closest to the illegal alien conduits,” added Neal Jensen.
Summer Blackwell, a senior writer with Texas Department of Public Safety, contacted The Washington Times over concerns that readers may not “understand the complexities of race and ethnicity.”
Ms. Blackwell noted that race is “a socially constructed category of identification based on physical characteristics, ancestry, historical affiliation, or shared culture,” while ethnicity is defined as “identity with or membership in a particular racial, national, or cultural group and observance of that group’s customs, beliefs, and language.”
“In an effort to provide comprehensive information about the fugitives included in the Texas Most Wanted programs, the department will implement a change to the state-generated bulletins, which will now include all categories of information we are able to confirm – including both race AND ethnicity when available,” Ms. Blackwell said in an email on Thursday, July 21.
“The department is proud of our Ten Most Wanted programs, which have led to more than 160 arrests of the state’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives and sex offenders since 2010. And quite frankly, we remain focused on locating and capturing these ruthless thugs – regardless of their racial or ethnic background – so they can no longer prey on our communities or commit the heinous crimes they are already responsible for.”