As those of you who follow this blog know, we’ve spent a lot of time delving in-depth into race relations in America, specifically as it pertains to the vast, sprawling Race Grievance Industry (RGI).
In our research, we’ve gone back-and-forth with Brothawolf (I call him “BW” for brevity’s sake) and others to try to understand the RGI’s thinking, and what set of facts or beliefs supports that thinking. Well, we found out the thinking, but we also found that such thinking is supported by nothing of any substance.
In our back-and-forths, some of which became acrimonious, BW pointed us to a piece in Essence Magazine. (here) At first glance, the piece is alarming. Here’s the headline to the feature: “15 Unarmed Black Women Who Died At The Hands Of Police.”
The article then goes on to give the names of the 15 black women, as well as some of the details of the fatal encounters they had with law enforcement in the six-year period from 2010 to 2015.
What I found most interesting, though, were two things: (1) what was not in the Essence piece, and (2) how the piece is really a further confirmation of what we’ve been saying right along: scratch below the surface, and all the propaganda that the Left, and the RGI, use to try to make their case, really makes our case for us.
How can that be, you say? Well, let’s examine what’s not in the Essence feature. First: more names than 15! Thank goodness! The number of black women killed by law enforcement in those six years was only 15?!? Yes, it’s 15 too many, and each death was a terrible loss, but if you study numbers and statistics dispassionately, as I do, then you realize a simple truth: Black women in America are in nearly no danger whatsoever from law enforcement.
That’s the real message of the Essence piece. At about 2.5 deaths per year from police, black women are in far, far greater danger just walking down the stairs than they are from law enforcement.
If you read the summaries of the incidents that led to the deaths of those 15 women, you find also that in every single case, police were responding to a situation in which violence had already happened or was imminent, or the woman had serious mental health issues, or the woman was accompanying a man who had already committed violence, or seemed likely to. Or she was caught in a crossfire.
What else was missing from the Essence piece? Something very important! Nowhere in the article did the authors try to suggest that these deaths were part of a larger problem. Nowhere in the article did the authors try to suggest that this was only the tip of some much larger iceberg. Nowhere in the article was there even the suggestion that there were even any more black women dead at the hands of the police.
Thanks to the Washington Post, there’s a database of police-related shootings over the past nearly four years from 2015 to today. That database shows that there’s no racial bias in police shootings. That means that, because of population percentages, far more white women — and especially men — die at the hands of law enforcement every year than do black women, or men.
That rather important tidbit was missing from the Essence piece too.
This might be a good time for that rhetorical question we’ve posed several times already: Think back to the last time you heard of a white man or woman dying in a police shooting. Right. Me neither. I can’t remember a single one. Yet, far more white men and women die in police shootings every year than black men and women.
Too often headlines are written to tell one story, but if you dig just bit you find they tell precisely the opposite story.
Here’s the Essence piece’s real meaning: For black women, any interaction they have with law enforcement is extraordinarily safe. Essence magazine was apparently able to fit the names and the details surrounding the deaths of all the black women who died in police interactions in a six-year period, into an article that can be comfortably read in five minutes.(1)
If black women themselves don’t engage in violence, are not accompanying a violent, or potentially violent, man, and if they’re of generally sound mental health, they have nothing whatsoever to fear from the police.
It’s worth repeating: If you dig just a bit, and ask the proper questions, or provide the necessary context, in almost all cases the publications and facts — or so-called facts — used by the Left to try to prove their case actually prove our case.
The Essence feature is a story of sadness and tragedy that reveals a truly happy thing: As a black woman, you’re in far more danger from walking along the sidewalk or eating your dinner than from interacting with the police. You have a far greater chance of winning the lottery than of dying in a police incident. So, go out and buy a lottery ticket and say, “Hi!” to a cop on the way.
(1) Or were these the only deaths Essence cared about. The answer to that question appears to be: Yes!