According to The Counted, 1,046
have been killed by police in 2015 alone. Of this number, 265 (25.3%) have been black. In no way has the killing been evenly
distributed among the races, with 523 (50%) of those killed being white. While this may look at first glance like whites are being targeted, it is
important to bear in mind that whites make up a little over 60% of the total population, whereas blacks make up only a bit over 13% of the population.
So, are analysts correct when they say blacks are twice as likely to be killed than whites? From this statistic alone, it is impossible to make such
a conclusion, because it ignores another important factor – run-ins with the police. When someone says blacks are twice as likely to be killed by
police than whites, what we should be thinking of is run-ins with police.
So, who is more likely to have encounters with the police? It is no secret that police tend to patrol more impoverished neighborhoods. The reason
for this is clear – poor neighborhoods tend to be areas with higher crime rates, often related to gang activity. The vast majority of these
neighborhoods are predominantly black. In these neighborhoods, there tends to be a
fear of police
among the black population that any encounter will end up with them getting beaten, thrown in prison, or killed. This fear is
so built up into the psyche that blacks in impoverished areas tend to run from police, implicating themselves as guilty in the process. For even more
insight into why blacks often do not trust cops, click here
Is it fair to say that blacks have a good reason to fear being in trouble with the police? The answer is yes – but it has little to do with racism.
While racism may play a role in the attitudes of a small minority of police, the largest reason blacks in impoverished areas have for fearing police
is that they are guilty of something. Many have outstanding low-level warrants for crimes such as curfew violation, traffic fines, and unpaid child
What about the assertion that blacks are being kept down by institutionalized racism. After all, when we talk about crime being committed by mostly
black people, we must also consider the fact that most of the blacks committing crimes are poor. The question then becomes which is the better
indicator of crime – race or wealth? We must consider here the fact that it isn’t only blacks who live in poverty. In fact, far more whites than
blacks receive government assistance, yet far less crime is being committed in white neighborhoods. So, while we can see on one hand that being poor
does not mean a person is necessarily more likely to commit a crime, we need only look at the many successful blacks to understand that being black is
also not an indicator for crime. Why then is it that 3%
of all black males are incarcerated
and one-third of all black males can expect to be in prison at least once during their lifetimes?
We now turn to an uncomfortable truth – perhaps the single largest factor in being a criminal is being poor and black. By no means do I wish to
insinuate being poor and black means that one is a criminal. However, when we look at the statistics, the numbers are alarming. From 1980-2008, a
full 93% of black homicide victims were murdered by other black people.
) This number clearly indicates that the single
greatest threat to black loss of life is not a racist system, as some would have you believe, but gang warfare. In fact, a Gallup poll shows that
from 2005-2013, the number of blacks who feel unfairly treated by police has been
and blacks are 50/50 in their view of
incarceration of blacks, with half feeling the arrests were deserved and half feeling discrimination played a role.
So, where are these claims of oppression stemming from? At this point it becomes necessary to introduce a cold truth: blacks, by and large, feel
entitled. This is not meant in a derogatory way – it is how most have been raised and is fully ingrained into their consciousness. Tellingly, 48%
of blacks believe slavery is a major factor in current average wealth levels for blacks in the United States, while only 14% believe it to be no
factor at all. Perhaps even more pertinent to the question of feeling entitled
that monetary reparations are supported by 59% of blacks with 63% of blacks in favor of special education and job training for descendants of slaves.
This, of course, completely ignores the fact that paying out reparations could cost well into the
trillions of dollars
Yes, institutionalized racism has been a part of American history. First the blacks had to deal with slavery. Then they gained their freedom because
of a man who was as racist as they get. Free, many blacks moved north where they found that although they weren’t slaves, they weren’t
particularly welcome either. Segregation, which lasted in some States all the way up to the 1970s, told blacks in no uncertain terms that they were
inferior to whites. One need only do a short Google search to find out about various injustices blacks have suffered – from segregated military
companies and inhumane experiments to the alleged introduction by the employers of coc aine to black employees to make them work better. No one
in their right mind would think that blacks haven’t suffered in the past. However, therein lay the key word – the past. The fact is that blacks
no longer have the various obstacles of the past blocking their way. The single greatest obstacle to blacks has now become their incorrect belief
that the “system” is out to get them. This belief is exacerbated by biased
which tends to portray everything in terms
of race and has far more coverage of blacks being brutalized by police than they do of police abuse against any other race.
This innate fear of living in a completely racist society is made worse still by well-meaning whites who do not fully understand the situation and are
unwilling or unable to look beyond the question of race to see why blacks have a higher crime rate than any other race. For these whites, the black
man is held down by the institutionalized racism he fears and when he hears whites confirming that this racism exists on such a large scale, that fear
grows and becomes more deeply rooted.
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