I have one thing to say to the Black Lives Matter movement and the copycats who have sprung up around it…
BLM is a waste of time and energy that is based around a lie, that lie being “Cops are out to get black people”.
This entire situation would be laughable if people didn’t take it seriously and if it wasn’t such a dangerous lie that has been bought into.
The damnedest part about it all is the fact that the media, the very same creatures we have crafted to bring us fair, non-partisan news, more than gladly spins the narrative of the BLM movement…
And they do it without basic fact-checking.
Even worse is the fact that we, as citizens, lap it up and parrot it mindlessly, not bothering to look at the facts and statistics ourselves.
However,there is a very simple truth that must be exclaimed at every turn, particularly when confronted with the accusation that there is a war on black people by the “inherently racist” police and justice system.
THE LEADING CAUSE OF HOMICIDE AMONG THE BLACK COMMUNITY IS NOT POLICE.IT IS OTHER BLACK PEOPLE.
According University of Toledo criminologist, Dr. Frichard R. Johnson, in regards to the claims of BLM (“Every 28 hours, a person is murdered by police”) and similar movements, such as Rise Up October (“over 1000 people a year are killed by police”), over a period of 9 years (2003-2012) law enforcement officers have killed “an average of 429 people per year in legal interventions”. This number includes the extraordinarily small number of innocent people killed, as well as those whose deaths came about through reasonable use of force.
Please note that there is no race clarification there. 429 people of any race are killed.
If we compare this to the claims, this number of black people killed by cops is…well short of the 1 person murdered per 28 hours “statistic” that Cherno Biko of BLM spouted (which would add up to 313 black people a year) and far, far shy of the Rise Up factoid of 1000 people a year.
Let’s look at a study that the Manhattan Institute published on the matter earlier this year…
Black homicides from 1993 through 2008 were studied; it was found that, for 93% of them, the perpetrator was another black person.
In 2014, over 6,000 black people were victims of homicide. In 2013, it was found that homicide was the leading cause of death for blacks in the ages between 15 and 35.
In more than 90% of black homicides, other black people are the perpetrators; only 4% had the police officer as the perpetrator, and only 1% of those involved an unarmed victim.
According to the Washington Post, 2015 saw 258 dead black people at the hands of the police; in 188 of those cases, the “victim” was armed with a deadly weapon during the shooting.
“Hands up, don’t shoot”, indeed.
According to Heather Mac Donald, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute…
“Law enforcement could end all use of lethal force tomorrow, and it would have, at most, a negligible effect on the black death-by-homicide rate, which is driven overwhelmingly by murders committed by other black civilians.”
The question to be asked is not for the police who have killed a black person; as anyone can tell you, police are going to be where there is crime.
What we should be asking is why there is so much crime in black neighborhoods?
It’s no use trying to deny it, either; in 2009, the 75 largest counties of the U.S. submitted their crime statistics; black people were charged with 62% of robberies, 57% of murders, and 45% of assaults, and this in spite of the fact that African-Americans only made up 15% of the population of these counties.
New York City, 2014: Blacks perpetrated 75% of shootings and 70% of robberies, and yet only amount to 23% of the population.
In 2015, 26% of all police shootings involved a black person, which is twice the amount of their 13% share of the American population; yet, when compared to their number of violent criminals, it is still lower.
Allow me to compare another figure with you.
From 2005 to 2014, 40% of police murdered were killed by black people.
One must wonder how many of them were like the police officers killed in Dallas, not looking for trouble, just doing their jobs, just making a routine patrol of an otherwise-peaceful parade, looking forward to going home and seeing their families, eating a nice hot dinner and going to sleep in their own beds.
One gunman later, and cue the police funerals in Dallas, just because they were wearing a uniform.
The glorification of black victimization is astounding. Movies, television programs, music albums, books…entire subsets of entertainment revolve the glamorizing of peddling drugs, thievery, prostitution, racism (and yes, black people can be just as racist as white people), and murder.
Art reflects life.
And the public is supposed to feel bad when a cop kills a black person threatening them with a gun or a knife, or charges at them with violent intent?
“Oh, why did they kill him, he was a good boy?” is a common lament, even when evidence shows said officer going above and beyond the call of duty to seek a nonviolent end to the confrontation, only to have the “victim” attacking the officer in question or directly defying orders to perform a specific action, such as keeping their hands in plain sight or not reaching for a weapon.
And yet, we as a nation are supposed to feel, not just sorry, but responsible, for his death. It is society’s fault that the criminal was even in that situation in the first place.
Now, there are some things that are definitely eyebrow-raising concerning certain police scandals, such as no-knock warrants and the deaths involved from those, not administering first aid to Tamir Rice, and the absurdly-high amount of times LaQuan McDonald was shot. James Blake’s completely unnecessary body slam was disgusting to watch. Some cops do need to be more tightly controlled than they are, and some do not need to be in possession of a badge at all. These cops are not just threats to blacks; they are threats to us all.
However, as a general rule, it is impossible to have much sympathy for anyone who runs afoul of police particularly when they have done something against the law and/or resist arrest.
In addition to this, a mode of thought is prevalent that nobody can speak out against Black Lives Matter and similar movements, simply due to the fact that police do not engage white people as much as they engage people of color, specifically those of the black community. This is a patent falsehood.
Firstly, I point to the above statistics on why that is; crime is more prevalent in black communities, so of course there are going to be more incidents involving black people.
Secondly, I once again refer to the Manhattan Institute’s study on the matter. 4% of black homicides were committed by police, as compared to 12% of white and Hispanic homicide victims. Let’s just be generous and divide this by an even half. This makes 6% of white homicide done by police hands.
Yes, you read that correctly; white people have a 2% lead over black people on police homicide.
Now, there is substantial evidence pointing to the fact that there is an epidemic of deaths in the black community, a completely needless one that could stop tomorrow.
However, BLM and its sister movements are more interested in advancing a fallacious argument of “systemic racism” in the police structure of America (ignoring the fact that the Justice Department, run under Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch, all of whom are black, has repeatedly been forced to exonerate most of the cops embroiled in these fiascos) and reaping the benefits of everyone’s guilt-driven concern than actually solving the problem and saving the lives of black people.
Instead, what is heard is the usual screed of blame directed at cops and white people, the first for doing their jobs, the second because it’s just tradition to lay the blame at the doorstep of whites (for not caring, for naturally being racist, for being greedy, for keeping “the people” down, etc., cue the typical bloviating and evasion of the topic).
So, I charge you, Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Black Lives Matter, Rise Up October, the NAACP, and all of the others who push this line of projection and hatred…do yourselves and your communities, your brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, and above all, your CHILDREN, a favor; examine your communities, find out why there seems to be such a crime issue, and solve it yourselves before you dare complain about the evil, racist police who just want to gun down a brother in the streets.
If there is a race problem inherent in the law enforcement of America, then the supposedly-“oppressed” community must first make themselves as innocent as possible of any wrongdoing and raise themselves above the possibility of blame. Only then will the rest of society even be open to hearing the claims being brought forward.
Physician, heal thyself.
“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5