Monday, July 18, 2016

Contradicts President Helter Skelter's irresponsible 'narrative': "blacks commit homicide at 8 x the rate of whites & Hispanics combined ..."

Heather Mac Donald, "The Fire Spreads" (City Journal, July 17, 2017):
Perhaps it will turn out that the latest assassination of police officers, this time in Baton Rouge, is unrelated to the hatred fomented by the Black Lives Matter movement. Perhaps the gunmen were members of militia groups aggrieved by federal overreach, say. But the overwhelming odds are that this most recent assault on law and order, taking the lives of three officers and wounding at least three more, is the direct outcome of the political and media frenzy that followed the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, less than two weeks ago. That frenzy further amplified the dangerously false narrative that racist police officers are the greatest threat facing young black men today.

President Barack Obama bears direct responsibility for the lethal spread of that narrative. In a speech from Poland just hours before five officers were assassinated in Dallas on July 7, Obama misled the nation about policing and race, charging officers nationwide with preying on blacks because of the color of their skin. Obama rolled out a litany of junk statistics to prove that the criminal justice system is racist. Blacks were arrested at twice the rate of whites, he complained, and get sentences almost 10 percent longer than whites for the same crime. Missing from Obama’s address was any mention of the massive racial differences in criminal offending and criminal records that fully account for arrest rates and sentence lengths. (Blacks, for example, commit homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined, and at about 11 to 12 times the rate of whites alone.) Instead, Obama chalked up the disparities to “biases, some conscious and unconscious that have to be rooted out . . . across our criminal justice system.”

Then five Dallas officers were gunned down out of race hatred and cop hatred. Did Obama shelve his incendiary rhetoric and express his unqualified support for law enforcement? No, he doubled down, insulting law enforcement yet again even as it was grieving for its fallen comrades. In a memorial service for the Dallas officers, Obama rebuked all of America for its “bigotry,” but paid special attention to alleged police bigotry ... The irresponsible zealotry of [his] rebuke was stunning. Obama was fully on notice that the hatred of cops was reaching homicidal levels. And yet his commitment to prosecuting his crusade against phantom police racism trumped considerations of prudence and safety, on the one hand, and decent respect for the fallen, on the other. Read more >>
[Hat tip to Sir A.S.]

1 comment:

le bourgeosie gentilhomme said...

MacDonald is one of the more dependable voices on these issues. Her article was certainly noticed in the White House, where it probably contributed to President Black Jesus' change of tone in subsequent comments.

The most sensible comment one can make on the subject is that statistically, blacks have FAR more to fear from one another than from any cop. But you'll never hear that from BJ.

Her articles about the impressive contributions of illegal immigrants to the crime rates and criminal cultures of Los Angeles and southern California in past years are also enlightening.

Our post-Catholic pope ought to read them too.