I perfectly agree. Global statistics do not apply to the individual level and if someone is best qualified for a job, he should be the one to get it. What I meant by “being more reluctant” is one will be a lot more careful than usual when hiring a gypsy, at least for some specific jobs. This is because, statistically, he has a big chance of making a costly mistake that he will regret. A person that has a family, employees, etc. depending on his business has to be careful not to make costly mistakes. And I see nothing wrong or racist about that. Only those that specify “no gipsy” in job or renting listings qualify as racist.
People are also reluctant to hire those that went to prison. Many explicitly ban in. Why ? Because of the very same reason about global statistics and probability of something bad happening. Similarly, many specify “no students” in rent listings because of the same issue of probabilities.
Also note that “gypsy” is not a race. It’s a group of people that originated from india that has an outlaw culture. It is their culture to do illegal activities and shun working and “normal people”. Because of self-segregation, they have pretty much remained unchanged for over 1000 years and are considered to be probably the biggest failure of multiculturalism in history. Also note that some of them, those that live in normal neighbourghoods not gypsy ones, have integrated and are not really considered “gypsy” by other people or even other gypsies. They are considered “normal people”.
What I meant to say is that it’s perfectly normal for humans to take into consideration all information they have available when making a decision. Same as a computer would do. And some of that information are global statistics and past personal experience. There is nothing racist about doing that and there are no evil intentions. Kamma is intention.
So, rather than asking weather both of you and the policeman were racist, as some had suggested previously, I am pointing out that there is no racism and no evil intention at play.