Sorry, I had to do another tidbit on this topic. I just finished listening to the debate between Dinesh D’Souza and Atheist, Marxist Bill Ayers that occurred last Wednesday (www.dineshdsouza.com). In that debate Bill Ayers wore a t-shirt with Black Lives Matters. When he was challenged using the statement: “All Lives Matter”, he defended himself:
“If I were wearing a t-shirt that said, “Stop the sexual assault of women”. You would probably say, “women and men”. That would sound more universal but actually miss the point. If …. I said, Jewish lives matter, you would say all lives matter, that is a given. Of course, German lives matter, but the lives that are at risk, the lives that were being contested were Jewish lives. The problem is that we’re looking at police violence against young black people is a plague and it’s something that should be stopped.”
Dinesh responded, “The reason your analogy is flawed is because in the case of the Jews, all the power was in the hands of the Nazis and the Jews were completely vulnerable…”. If you want to hear the D’Souza’s complete response go to debate at 1.22.00 mark
While Mr D’Souza’s outstanding answer identified the flaw in Mr Ayers logic, I would like to build on it by offering the evidence against Ayers flawed logic. Mr Ayers said: “The problem is that, we’re looking at police violence against young black people is a plague.” His statement expresses what is supposed to be the core* problem of America according to BLM: blacks are being inordinately attacked by police!!
-The BLM website emphasizes this point: “an immediate end to police brutality and the murder of Black people and all oppressed people”.
-Furthermore, BLM referred to Trayvon Martin’s death by George Zimmerman as, “virulent anti-Black racism” that “permeates our society.”
-BLM co-founder Opal Tometi uses more colorful words: “the racist structures that have long oppressed Black people” perpetuate a “cycle of oppression” that “allows law enforcement to kill Black people at nearly the same rate as Jim Crow lynchings.”
-Even white Hollywood film director Quentin Tarantino weighed-in declaring that police brutality is an issue of “white supremacy.”
Of course, listening to the nightly news, liberal talk shows, and President Obama, etc., the fact that police are attacking blacks is a no-brainer! As a matter of fact, only an Uncle Tom, the KKK, Neo Nazis, or skinheads would dare deny the obvious fact…right?!? Well, in spite of such a seemingly obvious truth, I would still like to ask the question anyway: Are police inordinately attacking blacks? Or, are police purposefully targeting blacks for murder? Or, as Mr Ayers contends, is police brutality a “plague” against blacks?
It just so happens there are facts that argue to the contrary:
1. The Centers for Disease Control reports police shootings of blacks are down almost 75 percent over the last 45 years, while police shooting of whites remained level.
2.Another Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report stated that from 1999 to 2011, “2,151 whites died by being shot by police compared to 1,130 blacks.”
3. Leo Hohmann cites ‘black’ Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke: “In a three-year period, 2009 to 2012, there were about 1,491 uses of deadly force by police officers. Sixty-one percent of the people involved in that use of force were white males, 32 percent were black males, an almost two to one ratio. If there’s anybody that has a claim on police use of force, it’s white males.” (www.wnd.com/2015/10/sheriff-clarke-blows-lid-off-black-lives-matter/)
4.Another CDC report on police shooting showed that in 2012, police killed 123 blacks while killing twice that many whites.
5.Probably, the most accurate report however originates in the liberal, Washington Post, ironically, a paper that supports BLM. “The newspaper has tracked 827 police shootings this year (2015). Its statistics are broken down by race, gender, age, state, threat level, mental state of the suspect and the type of weapon used against officers. Only a small number of the shootings – roughly 5 percent – occurred under the kind of circumstances that raise doubt and draw public outcry, the newspaper reported Oct. 24.” I repeat, only 5% of fatal police fatal shootings were even questionable regarding race, gender, age, etc! The other 95% were justified!! I repeat again…according to the Washington Post!!!
6.On the other hand, another study found “the death rate due to legal intervention was more than three times higher for blacks than for whites in the period from 1988 to 1997.” This study factored the variables that more whites are killed than blacks by police, and that there are more total whites than blacks in the country. In other words, the greater number of total whites, factored with the greater number of whites killed by police, compared to the lesser number of total blacks, factored with the lesser number of total blacks killed by police, yields a higher proportion of black deaths compared to white deaths.
This however, does not mean that cops are racist because the proportion of black deaths is higher than whites! That conclusion is ludicrous. For one to declare cops racist because the proportion of black deaths is higher than white deaths at police hands, in spite of the fact that cops shot and killed more whites than blacks, means that cops walk around looking for blacks to kill, but instead kill more whites!!
On the other hand, only liberalism can conjure that kind of tortured logic!!
In conclusion, if you consider facts above emotion, then both Mr Ayers and BLM’s contention that blacks are inordinately targeted by white cops is false!
Working hard is only the first part of success. Making good choices is the second part, and it truly takes both to achieve success at whatever you do. IVAN R. MISNER Business leader and writer