For the last five years, the cry of our culture has been: “Police target Black men!” After the tv media posted repeated images of multiple Black men killed by police, the response was predictable: anger, hatred, and division at best; and riots, looting, property damage, and the loss of at least 25 lives, at worst.
However, what is also intriguing is the supporting ‘narrative’ for the assertion that “Police target Black Men”! And…what is that ‘narrative’?
i.Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd*
ii.Chauvin is White and Floyd is Black, therefore Chauvin
murdered Floyd because he was Black. Chauvin is a racist!
iii.Because White police officers, like Chauvin, also murder Black
men, therefore police officers are racists.
iv.Because White Privilege allows White police officers to murder
Black men without justice, therefore, America is systemically
v.Because White people created racist America, therefore White
people are racists.
In other words, the number one piece of evidence that America is systemically racist is “Police Target Black Men”! Over the next couple of Tidbits, allow me to offer 10 facts that refute “Police target Black men!”, and its ‘narrative’!
1.Following are the actual numbers by race killed by police:
1999 to 2013: Whites – 3160; Blacks 1724. (Source CDC )
2014: White-261: Black-131; (Source: CDC)
2015: Total 994; White – 497; Black- 258; Hispanic-172; other-38; unknown-29
-Unarmed: White-31; Black-36; Hispanic-19
2016: Total 961; White-468; Black-234; Hispanic-160; other-42 ; unknown-58
-Unarmed: White-20 Black-18 Hispanic-9
2017: Total 986; White-459; Black-224; Hispanic-179; other-44; unknown-80;
-Unarmed: White-24; Black-19; Hispanic-12
-Male - 940; Female-45
2018: Total 990; White-454; Black-229; Hispanic-165; other40-; unknown-103;
-Unarmed: White-25; Black-23; Hispanic-8
2019: Total 999; White-405; Black-249; Hispanic-163; other-41; unknown-145;
-Unarmed: White-25; Black-14; Hispanic-11;
-Male -956; Female-43
2020: Total -1006; White-453; Black-237; Hispanic-167; other-27; unknown-122
-Unarmed: White-23; Black-18; Hispanic-?
-Male 968; Female 38**
How is it possible for police to target Blacks, and kill more Whites? If you hunt for ducks, and you are clearly informed deer are out of season, and you return with 3 deer and no ducks—you cannot claim you were targeting ducks, but accidently shot the deer! Bullets don’t curve! And…you will certainly go to jail!
2.If Blacks are being targeted by police, why are ‘any’ Whites and Hispanics shot…at all? Are police blind? Can you honestly contend that police can’t ‘see’ the difference between a White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc.? Furthermore, every year the gap between the deaths of Hispanics and Blacks is much closer than the gap between Blacks and Whites—yet there are no Hispanic riots against Blacks…nor Whites!!! Why not?!?! And finally, the number of Whites killed by police—every year--is nearly double that of Blacks! And, in 2016 and 2017, the numbers of Whites killed by police, were in fact double that of Blacks! In other words, the numbers of deaths between Whites and Blacks---every year--are not even close--yet Blacks are targeted? If a basketball team doubles the score of their opposition---it’s called a ‘Blow-out’! A ‘Blow-out’ means the losing team doesn’t even belong on the same court with the winners! For anyone to contend Blacks are targeted by police when Whites are killed at double the rate---can only come from dishonesty and delusion!!!
3.In their desire to: i.create anger in Black people; in order to, ii.possess evidence for their ‘narrative’, liberals were forced to manipulate and deceive! How, you may ask? The answer is, the ‘context’! Allow me to explain. For example, how is it possible to look at the numbers of those shot and killed, in let’s say, 2016: White-468; Black-234; Hispanic-160—and then ‘honestly’ arrive at the conclusion that police target Blacks? Let’s be real, not even ‘Common Core math’ can make 234 > 468! So, what did they do? Very simply, the ‘media’ took the numbers: 468, 234, and 160; and removed the number of Blacks ‘234’ from its context—and proceeded to restrict images on tv to Blacks killed by police! Please, ask yourself an honest question, in the last 8 years, can you name even 1 White person killed by police--'that made national news’?!?! How is this possible when so many more Whites are killed by police? Because its intentional!!!!!
Allow me to offer another sports illustration. Over the past 20 years or so, as far as I am aware, there have been two NFL players convicted and imprisoned for murder, or conspiracy to murder. If you take those two people, and separate them from the context of all the other NFL players, and then focus media attention on them, you can make the case that the NFL is full of murderers!
For example, one man asks, “how is crime in the NFL?” Another answers boldly:
a.John and Bill (fictitious names) played in the NFL
b.John and Bill committed murder!
c.Therefore, the NFL has a problem with murder!
Of course, this is absurd, but no more absurd than removing the Black deaths from the context of the number of White and Hispanic deaths…and then conclude that police target Blacks!
4.However, the clincher for me happened in 2016 when Keith Lamont Scott, a Black man was killed by police on 9/20/2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Of course, at his death, because he was Black, Mr. Scott instantly became national news. The tv media incessantly pushed his images from East to West, and North to South…and anger and riots ensued. However, the media conveniently left-out two critical facts: i.The police officer who killed Mr Scott was Black!!! ii.Incredibly, when you look at police shootings on the ‘very same day’ Scott was killed—9/20/16—you find five White men killed by White policemen!*** In other words, the media made Mr Scott’s death national news because he was Black, while intentionally ignoring the 5 White men---because they were White! But why? Because the deaths of the five White men did not fit the narrative: “Police target Black men!” AND “America is a systemically racist nation; and has been from the beginning!”
…5-10 will continue next week!
*Floyd can be replaced by Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, etc.; and Chauvin by any White cop…and the narrative remains the same.
**Total numbers by gender killed by police: Male-5798; Female-269. This is quite a huge difference, multiplied times larger than the gap between Whites and Blacks, yet why are there no accusations of police gender discrimination?!?!
***Check it out for yourself. Here are their names: 1.Charles Dove (Tennessee); 2.Joshua Scott (Florida); 3.Michael Goodale (Connecticut); 4.Thomas Tucker (Colorado); 5.Sandy Joe Duke – (Tennessee). Furthermore, one day before (9/19), three Whites were killed by police; and one day after(9/21), two more Whites were killed by police. If you’re counting, not one of the 10 Whites warranted national news—but the liberal news thought Keith Lamont Scott did!!! I wonder why?!!?
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