Sunday, September 27, 2020

Black on black crime.

 Black on black crime. George

Let’s take a look:
1. Depending on what data you look at, between 5 and 25 unarmed black people were killed by the police in 2019.  In the same year, 2500 blacks were killed by other blacks, or between 100 and 500 times the number killed by police
2. Black people are afraid of the police.  I’m afraid of nuclear war, but that’s far less likely than being hit by a car, so I look both ways.  See above: 100 times more likely than being killed by the police.
3. If you want to do something, start cooperating with the police to get your murderers off the street
4. The per capita rate for police killing blacks is greater than for killing whites.  Ok...note that the per capita murder rate of blacks doing the killing is disproportionately high...but we’re not allowed to say that.  Additionally, more blacks kill whites than the other way around, again disproportionate to the population.  When can we start that conversation (hint: never?)?
5. Given that, is it perhaps reasonable to expect the police are a little afraid of black people?  Asking for a friend
6. You ask why we are not talking about white on white crime.  Well, since you brought it up, remember that the movement is called Black Lives Matter.  Believe me, the white population cares deeply about catching and prosecuting our murderers, and cooperate with the police to do so.  But again, you started BLM with the sole argument of raising the issue of the 1% of black deaths at the hands of police, compared to the number killed by other blacks.  We’re told ‘this is about black lives’, and ‘this is about police killing blacks’.  Those are the rules you established.  I’m questioning the integrity of your concern.  Of course, I think we all know the backlash that would face an organization called White Lives Matter.
If you really want to cherry-pick data and present it in a misleading way, this article does a fine job...especially since we know that math (ok...arithmetic) is sexist and perhaps leave the analysis to those who understand the process.  You want to parse data by socio-economic status?  Fine.  But again, be prepared for an unhappy outcome.

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