All that kneeling ignores the real cause of soaring black homicides

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 at 9:16 am

The FBI released its official crime tally for 2016 on Monday, and the data flies in the face of the rhetoric that professional athletes rehearsed in revived Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend.

Nearly 900 additional blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide-victim total to 7,881. Those 7,881 “black bodies,” in the parlance of Ta-Nehisi Coates, are 1,305 more than the number of white victims (which in this case includes most Hispanics) for the same period, though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation’s population.

The increase in black homicide deaths last year comes on top of a previous 900-victim increase between 2014 and 2015.

Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks.

In 2016, the police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority armed and dangerous, according to The Washington Post. The paper categorized only 16 black male victims of police shootings as “unarmed.” That classification masks assaults against officers and violent resistance to arrest.

Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer.

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One Response to “All that kneeling ignores the real cause of soaring black homicides”

  1. Darwin Akbat on 30/30/17 at 6:02 pm

    The Chicago Shot Clock is always instructive on this issue. As of yesterday, here are the y-t-d numbers:

    Total shot: 2862
    Shot and killed: 494
    Total shot by police: 20
    Shot and killed by police: 10
    Percentage of those shot that were shot by police: 0.7%

    No. of blacks shot: 2232 (78% of the total shot).
    Assuming all people shot by police were black, highest possible percentage of blacks shot by police: 0.9%.

    Assuming all 494 shot/killed were black, percentage of fatal shootings by police: 2%