It is now taken as gospel that we have an enormous problem in America: Our police forces are riddled with racist, murderous thugs who will jump at the chance to kill an unarmed black man if they have the slightest window of opportunity. Whether they shoot them, kneel on their necks, or choke them out, they are just itching for the chance to kill black men. Many pundits and activists have said that this murderous rage is so systemic that our only hope for society is to defund and disband the police altogether and replace them with social services and other programs that lift black people out of unfortunate circumstances.
Every day on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and the Washington Post, we learn more about just how racist and oppressive the United States is. It’s not enough that we created a system to promote and defend white supremacy; we had to go further and enforce it with the evil entity known as the police. And, as we’ve seen from countless viral videos, these police will not hesitate to kill a black man to preserve white dominance.
To even question this narrative is to risk being called a racist. At the very least, you need to go read “White Fragility” and atone for your privilege.
Thankfully, there are still one or two people unwilling to buy into the myth, no matter how widespread and passionate its believers happen to be. One of those courageous souls is author Heather Mac Donald, who explained in a USA Today op-ed this weekend that much of the energy behind the Black Lives Matter movement is coming from pure fiction.
“Though they also want improved quality of policing, the percentage of Black respondents in a 2015 Gallup poll who wanted more police in their community was more than twice as high as the percentage of white respondents who said the same,” she wrote. “Activists who seek to disband police departments will have to explain to these law-abiding residents that they will in essence just have to fend for themselves.
“Such self defense may be understandable if the police were engaging in an epidemic of shooting unarmed Black men and women, as we now hear daily — but there is no such epidemic,” she continued. “For the last five years, the police have fatally shot about 1,000 civilians annually, the vast majority of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. Black people account for about 23% of those shot and killed by police; they are about 13% of the U.S. population. As of the June 22 update, the Washington Post’s database of fatal police shootings showed 14 unarmed Black victims and 25 unarmed white victims in 2019. The database does not include those killed by other means, like George Floyd.”
Indeed, a close look at police shooting statistics reveals something you’ll never hear from BLM or their allies: Police are actually more likely to shoot white suspects than they are black ones. Furthermore, black and Hispanic cops are more likely to shoot black suspects than their white colleagues. It doesn’t matter how you twist and turn these numbers, you cannot make a case for racist cops out of them.
Should we constantly strive to give our cops better training? Of course. Should we continue looking to weed out the very few bad ones? Absolutely. But if we want to really begin saving black lives, we’d better start in the inner city – not with the boys in blue.