There is no war on blacks

Heather MacDonald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and author of “The War on Cops” has written extensively on police and the minority community.  She asserts that “systemic, deadly police racism is false, throughout the period following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. in 2014, where the policeman was exonerated by the Justice Department.”  The “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative didn’t happen.

According to the Washington Post, police officers fatally shot 987 people last year; the overwhelming majority were armed or threatening deadly force, whites made up 50% of those shootings.  Blacks actually made up a lower percentage of those victims, 26%, than what would have been predicted by their higher crime rate.  She stated that police officers face an 18.5 times greater chance of being killed by a black male than an unarmed black male has of being killed by a police officer.

A Justice Department study of the Philadelphia Police Department found that white police officers were less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than black or Hispanic officers.

Unfortunately, President Obama has inflamed the issue with a false narrative of blatant law enforcement racism, fueling the Black Lives Matter movement, one that is becoming an increasingly dangerous.

The facts do not support Mr. Obama, or Hillary Clinton who also has taken up this false allegation.

Perhaps the focus should be on the 2,090 shooting victims in Chicago so far this year, the great majority black, nine were shot by the Chicago police.

Even more damning, American black ghettos had lower levels of black crime and violence prior to 1960, before major civil rights legislation had been passed, when racism and discrimination were far more prevalent, and job opportunities more limited because of race.  The reasons are many; one major one is 73% of black births are now out of wedlock, with an absent father, along with widespread drug usage and gangs- not the norm prior to 1960.


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