Do “Police Target Black Men”?-2
Before moving forward with points 5-8* unveiling evidence against the prevailing mantra of our contemporary culture: “Police Target Black Men!”, I need to remind you of the narrative which drives it:
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.
Now…let’s continue with more irrefragable evidence against “Police Target Black Men!”
In 2019, a study was published by PNAS on police shootings which found, “We find no evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities across shootings, and White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers.” Here
“In 2015, under President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, a Justice Department analysis of the Philadelphia Police Department found white police officers were less likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot unarmed black suspects.” Here
Derek Chauvin was just recently convicted of the murder of George Floyd and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. Very interestingly, during his trial, the prosecution did not bring one charge of racism, i.e.hate crime, against Chauvin! In other words, the number one reason for riots, looting, and uncontrolled vitriol, all across America after Floyd’s death---WHITE RACISM---was not even used in Chauvin’s trial! Why?!?! There can be only one reason: No evidence exists that Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd because he was Black! On the contrary however---even without one shred of evidence---the media certainly convicted Chauvin of White racism!
Let’s be honest!!! Do you have the temerity to believe that no investigative reporter scoured Chauvin’s past to find even one racist remark that could be used against him? I mean just one “N-word”; one “Coon”; one “Gorilla” would suffice!! Liberals went back to high school to get evidence on Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, and you think that no one did this with Derek Chauvin, when proof for the liberal accusation: “America is systemically racist!” is at stake?!?! I repeat…let’s be honest!
Dr. Roland Fryer, a Harvard economist, and the youngest Black to receive tenure, did research into police shootings and concluded: “On the most extreme use of force – officer involved shootings – we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account.”
The New York Times reported: Here
-“Mr. Fryer found that in such situations, officers in Houston were about 20 percent less likely to shoot if the suspects were black.”
-"Mr. Fryer found that Blacks were either less likely to be shot or there was no difference between Blacks and Whites."
-“In shootings in these 10 cities involving officers, officers were more likely to fire their weapons without having first been attacked when the suspects were white. Black and white civilians involved in police shootings were equally likely to have been carrying a weapon. Both results undercut the idea of racial bias in police use of lethal force.”
-“didn’t find racial differences in officer-involved shootings” when he studied 1,399 of them in California, Texas, Florida, Colorado, and Washington from 2000 to 2015.
-“No matter how we analyzed the data, we found no racial differences in shootings overall, in any city in particular, or in any subset of the data.”
-“It is the most surprising result of my career!”
Why was Mr Fryer “surprised”? Because he went into this study assuming that Blacks were targeted by White police officers! In other words, the media worked its magic on his Black mind! However, because he is statistician, his integrity demanded that he look at the evidence objectively!! When he allowed the evidence to speak, he found ‘no’ support for the idea that: “Police Target Black Men!!”
In other words, “Police Target Black Men” is not a reality, but a media driven myth!!
There is still more to come…stay tuned!!!
*See Tidbit one for points 1-4
**Floyd can be replaced by Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, etc.; and Chauvin by any White cop…and the narrative remains the same.
"If you'll spend one hour a day, every day for five years on a given subject, within five years you'll become an expert on that subject." -Earl Nightengale