Circle The Wagons
By Raymond Shipley
Another day, another death. Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice and now Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile have been added to the list of black men killed by police in the past few years, sparking outrage and fueling movements like Black Lives Matter. Clearly there is a problem in this country, of white cops killing unarmed black men, and something must be done about it. As Jesse Williams so eloquently stated at the recent BET Awards, “Police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day." This has clearly gone too far.
Deaths at the hands of law enforcement don't stop there either. Ryan Keith Bolinger, Robert Lawrence, Dillon Taylor, Tony Robinson and Daniel Saenz were also shot and killed by the police. It seems the list is endless. There is clearly a systemic racist element that runs rampant through this nation's police forces and the murder of black men has been all but officially sanctioned. Only there is a problem: this second list of names consists solely of white men.
As Toni Morrison, the Nobel-prize winning novelist, stated concerning race relations in this country, "People keep saying, 'We need to have a conversation about race...This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back. And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, 'Is it over?', I will say yes."
Let that sink in a moment. She desires to see an unarmed white man murdered, a black woman raped, and a white man convicted of the rape of a black woman. This will somehow magically obliterate racism in this country. Truly sick.
The fact is white men are killed by police fairly proportionate to their percentage of violent crimes committed. The debate as to whether or not black men are disproportionately accused and convicted is another conversation, so for the sake of this one we shall simply use the actual numbers and not conjecture. Moreover, unfortunate for Ms. Morrison, the statistics on white men raping black women is so low the Department of Justice rounds it to the nearest whole number, which is 0%. I hope Ms. Morrison isn't too upset that black women seem to be relatively safe from white rapists.
So, what does this mean? Are the police in the US racist against black men? Are movements like Black Lives Matter inherently racist and cherry picking data to support their cause?
What Does This Mean?
It is true law enforcement officers kill a great number of black men. Some are clearly justified while others are questionable. And there are some, like Tamir Rice, that hit me in a personal way and I cannot help but feel compassion for the boy and his family. But the police kill a vast number of other demographics as well, including white men. And in the case of Freddie Gray two of the officers involved, Ceasar Goodson and William Porter, were also black. Therefore, it cannot be said with any reasonable certainty there exists systemic racism by white police officers against black men.
What can be said is that movements like Black Lives Matter are inherently racist and absolutely cherry pick data to support their cause. Their racism exists even in name, and it can be easily discerned at casual glance statistics do not match their rhetoric. Black Lives Matter are racists who do more damage to their cause than a hundred groups of "white supremacists". This isn't to say everything is fine. On the contrary, there is a problem; however, Black Lives Matter is quickly becoming a bigger one. And now, with the shooting of police in Dallas, Texas at a BLM gathering, the proverbial line has perhaps been drawn in the sand. Logic, reason and fact matter not when emotion and rhetoric rule the day.
And what of the flip side, those that point the finger at the dead and say "they had it coming". In many ways this is a reaction to groups like BLM, but it fails the test of logic the same way in that rhetoric is used, knee-jerk reaction style, to condemn and condone. Just because the statistics do not support the BLM and MSM narrative - and they do not - does not mean the person in question deserved what happened.
Circle The Wagons
Every time BLM, the MSM and instigators like Jesse Williams espouse the "hands up, don't shoot" nonsense it serves to enable those that would abuse the end result of such a narrative. Case-in-point the Dallas shooting. Convinced they are justified because of the drivel being spewed these criminals believe they will be heroes. Likewise, when conservatives and the right excuse the police without so much as a cursory investigation, it enables those that would abuse the power granted by their respective institutions. In both cases it is wrong and just plain stupid.
Black America and the Left have been united on a common front against a perceived enemy. This enemy has not just been law enforcement, but rather White America, "whiteness" and a fictional racism. It is always one's own that should be most critical of conduct, as it reflects on the group as a whole. However, when attacked it quickly becomes time to circle the wagons and engage. One can only hope cooler heads prevail and an open, honest conversation can be had in order to solve real issues without allowing hyperbole to win the day. The more pressure put on white America, justly or unjustly, by BLM and others, the more individual facts will cease to matter and the tribalism they claim exists will manifest in reality. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.