From Bad to Worse

This is tricky stuff. The nation is reeling. So I am going to lay down the foundation for this article lest there be any confusion about my intent. I am also going to keep things short and sweet. The more words, the more chance they can be misconstrued.

George Floyd was murdered. The fact that he had a record and was high on fentanyl at the time of his death is irrelevant. He was helpless and he was murdered. I have no doubts whatsoever that those police will be held accountable.

Now for some facts (June 2nd, WSJ-by Heather MacDonald)

–In 2019, police shot 1,004 people, 235 of whom were black.

–In 2018, African Americans were responsible for 53% of the homicides in the US, and committed 60% of the known robberies. (The number of blacks in the US as a percentage of the total population is 13%.)

–In 2019, the police shot 9 unarmed black men and 19 unarmed white men.

–In 2018, there were 7,407 black homicides. The number of black deaths in the hands of police is .01% of all blacks killed that year.

–“A police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.” 18.5 times!

–A study in Philadelphia concluded that black or hispanic officers are far more likely to shoot at African Americans than a white police officer.

–Just last weekend, in Chicago alone, 80 people were shot in drive-by shootings. 21 of them died. Of those, “the victims were overwhelmingly black.”

I could continue ad nauseam. There is no factual base for the claim there is systemic racism in the United States or within its police forces.

The farce is upon us. When the hue and cry from elected officials devolves into “abolish the police,” we have walked away from the sublime and plunged into the surreal. More importantly, when Al Sharpton shows up to rant “Get your knees off our necks!” and suggests that African Americans have had the white man’s knees on their necks for 401 years, and the only reason there are any race related issues in the United States is because of the white man’s refusal to accept the black man as an equal, it’s time to re-evaluate.

George Floyd has become the excuse for the left and the anti-American agitators to press their agendas. The main stream media have been their willing allies. George Floyd is remembered for now, but already forgotten are those who were murdered during the last 10 days of riots, pillaging, destruction of property, and total abandonment of law and order.

99.9% of the police in the US are public servants; they are here to protect and to serve. Enough already. The data does not support this insane charge of racism. If thousands of white people want to get on their knees and apologize to our African American brothers and sisters about this charge of racism, that is their choice. This is (for now, at least) America, and that is their right. It is their way of enacting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. God bless them. But don’t tell me the facts are on their side. They just plain aren’t. This is why things have gone from bad to worse.

More to follow-

Comments

  1. Bolivar Andrews says

    Jim, Thank you for an extremely well written piece. I am likewise sickened by the way Mr. Floyd died but I am not going to honor for a moment his crime and dope infested life leading all the way up to the day he died. Parenthetically, I am also disgusted at the way one of our greatest Texans and NFL quarterbacks, Drew Brees. has been sullied because he had the audacity to reaffirm is reputation for honoring our American flag. Thanks again. Bolivar

  2. Uncle roger says

    Amen brother Amen. First time I don’t have to “correct “ your post. May be heading to Houston soon. Get ready for 21 yr old scotch and Nirvana

  3. Douglas Holmes says

    Jin, Outstanding! Race is only difficult to discuss because the Left wants to ignore facts and persuade folks with emotion. Another fact, blacks have on average a higher standard of living in the United States than any other country in the world, and there are more non-white millionaires in the United States than any other country in the world. The United States is the only country in the world where 600,000 non-black people died, were wounded, or went missing to ensure the end of slavery. We. cannot allow the Marxist anarchist use a false narrative on race relations to destroy the Constitution. Every life is precious. Bad cops, like any bad person should be punished. Police forces should do a better job of getting rid of bad cops and that can only incur by paying cops more so as to attract better suited people for the toughest job in society. Best Q

  4. Russ Corser says

    It’s getting ugly here in DC. The rioters want to burn down the White House. Pretty close to total anarchy.

  5. Cindi says

    I am in complete agreement and find this entire event sad. And yes when Al Sharpton shows up you know it’s only for personal gain. He is a travesty to his own people.

  6. Ross Curtis says

    Let’s recap.
    Russian collusion hoax – failed
    Ukraine impeachment hoax – failed
    Brett Kavanaugh lynching – failed
    Mike Flynn entrapment – failing
    Attempt to push the economy into a depression with pandemic lockdown – failing
    When nothing else is working – play the race card – incite riots and hope that you bait Trump into making a major mistake – partially succeeding right now
    I made the mistake of watching one of the MSM TV stations yesterday. I learned that the country is systemically racist, we are all going to die from the corona virus and that the employment numbers released Friday were likely an anomaly. Tens of millions of Americans are being fed the propaganda every day. When someone like Heather MacDonald is invited to speak on a college campus, progressive leaders who are deathly afraid of their “useful idiots” becoming better informed, ensure that the speech can’t happen.
    The left’s thirst for absolute power is unquenchable. If the race riots don’t succeed, expect something else between now and November.

  7. David Frischkorn says

    It is perception and belief and the need to blame someone who is driving this narrative

    Facts do not matter

  8. says

    Sorry for the long comment. These are my notes from this morning.

    Numbers 12:1
    John 17:22-26

    Just Stop It

    [Inserted here were names of people of color killed since 2015]

    You will recognize most of these names as those who have died since 2015 at the hands of police officers. The tragic nature of these deaths has given rise to reactive reactionary movements lie Black Lives Matter who have been good at raising awareness, though often controversial, but have done little to proactively address the issues of race and racism with an eye to bringing some resolution.
    Racism is a complex issue that cannot be legislated away, reasoned away, bribed away, or acculturated away. Racism afflicts us all. No can legitimately claim to be immune to racism because we are sinful beings and racism is sin that the enemy of our souls readily uses to keep us divided and at odds one with the other. The recent death of George Floyd has amplified and refocused attention worldwide on the issue of the deaths of black men at the hands of police. But I want to submit that the issue, so much broader than that of rogue police who abuse their authority. It is an issue that has plagued humanity since the beginning of time and one that, in this country, with which we have yet to come to grips, especially as people of faith. Sunday morning is still the most segregated time in our week and though schools have been desegregated students still self segregate in the cafeteria and their individual cliques.
    I believe it is high time that we deal with the issue rather pretending that it will simply go away or that because it is a habit of the heart it is just something with which we just have to contend until we meet Jesus. Racism is a scourge upon our nation, a banner of shame upon the Church of Jesus Christ, and a continuing source of division in every avenue of daily existence. I tackle this topic with the hope of beginning a constructive conversation among we who have our own stories of discrimination in the hope that we can begin to be a source of light in this present darkness and perhaps purposefully work to build a community that looks like we believe heaven will and does.

    1. Racism is reality – Numbers 12:1
    2. Racism is uni-directional – Numbers 12:1
    3. Racism is not of God – Genesis 1:27; John 17:23
    4. Racism can be overcome – John 17:22 There is an answer.

    It is time that we determine ‘enough is enough’! It is time that someone declares that this need to just stop. Some will say that such is a determination is why they are protesting and demonstrating. Some will even say that is why the protests have become violent because ‘enough is enough’! But no amount of protesting and demonstrating will change the hearts of sinful humanity. The forces of darkness want the streets to run with blood, businesses burning, and continued enmity between nations (ethos). But someone needs to declare that those who persist in fomenting division stop it. No one is better than the next. Just stop it.

  9. Donald Snyder says

    Jim. I found your article to be very interesting but I am having a discussion with my son about some of the statistics you shared. One in particular was the one about police more likely to be killed by a Blackman is 18.5 times more likely than an unarmed Blackman being killed by police.
    Can you share with me the source of that information?
    Thankyou

    • says

      Hi, that statistic came from Heather MacDonald’s June 2, 2020 Wall Street Journal article. I recommend the entire article. Here is the relevant extract. “The police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019, according to a Washington Post database, down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015. The Post defines “unarmed” broadly to include such cases as a suspect in Newark, N.J., who had a loaded handgun in his car during a police chase. In 2018 there were 7,407 black homicide victims. Assuming a comparable number of victims last year, those nine unarmed black victims of police shootings represent 0.1% of all African-Americans killed in 2019. By contrast, a police officer is 18½ times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.”

  10. says

    We need to know who funds what research effort to arrive at statistical conclusions. Results are likely to reflect the agenda of those doing the funding (Soros, Koch brothers, etc.). Racial statistics regarding blacks murdering white police officers are hard to find. Google “Number of police killed by blacks” and you will find stats reflecting how many blacks are killed by police, but you’ll have to do an extensive search to find answers to the original question. This suggests Google’s agenda is political correctness so as to attract more followers rather than accuracy and “nothing but the truth, the whole truth…” Follow the revenue flow and reveal its source when quoting sources and your opinion will count more. Good article and I hope it’s read by many.

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