I visited the blog of one of my favorite black racists on the blogosphere yesterday, and saw the following on his home page:
Can you see what I’ve highlighted? I added some visual aids to assist in that. The big, bold, red number 14 above the words: “unarmed Black people known so far to be killed by US police in 2018.”
Yep. According to Abagond, the racist blogger from whose blog I made that screenshot, there were 14 unarmed black people known to have been killed by the police in 2018.
Those of you who care about actually understanding things: what can you tell me about that statistic? Well, here’re some things:
- It’s a terrible tragedy. Any time anyone loses his life at the hands of law enforcement, it’s unambiguously awful.
- It’s a perfectly meaningless statistic… unless, that is, we know the context behind those 14 killings.
- For example: how many unarmed non-black people were killed by U.S. police in 2018? If there were, for instance, 2,500 killings of unarmed non-black Americans by U.S. law enforcement, then we’d look at that number 14, and wonder how black people have it so good.
- Abagond links to a page that would, one would think, elaborate a bit on the completely context-less number that my screengrab shows. Here’s that link. It provides no elaboration beyond a vague suggestion that Abagond thinks the number is low.
That’s for starters.
For some much needed context, I was able to do a minimal amount of research (here) and found the following:
- From 1/1/2015 to 12/31/2018 — four years — of 3,943 total deaths, there were 926 reported deaths of black persons at the hands of the police in the line of duty — or about 232 per year. (Important Note: 372 of the total reported deaths had no race reported. I didn’t know what to do with those, so for the purposes of this essay, I’ve ignored them. That means that any number I give should be seen to have about a 10% margin of error. Not a problem: we’re trying to get just a rough handle on the statistics.)
- Of those 926, some 125 were either unarmed, or “undetermined.” That makes about 31 deaths per year of unarmed (or undetermined) black persons at the hands of law enforcement, on average, for the past four years.
- Of those 125, there were 21 whose entry indicated that there were “signs of mental illness.”
- During the same four-year period, there were 1,827 deaths of white persons at the hands of the police, or about 457 per year.
- Of those 1,827 deaths, 162 were either unarmed or undetermined, or about 40 per year. Well. That’s interesting. At first glance, it appears as if white people who find themselves in an altercation with the law are more likely to be armed than black people.
- Of those 162 deaths, 30 showed “signs of mental illness.”
Any conclusions we can draw? Sure:
- In that four year period, unarmed black and white deaths (removing for “signs of mental illness”) at the hands of law enforcement were roughly the same number: 104 vs. 132. Yes, yes, yes, white deaths were “30%” or so higher, but with small numbers like that (compared to the populations in question) there’s practically no difference.
- But: White Americans outnumber black Americans by a factor of about 5-1. The American population is roughly 65% white, and 13% black, with the rest being Hispanic, Asian and other.
- Well. Seems as though cops are killing black Americans at a significantly higher rate — per capita — than white Americans, no? Yes. And no.
Let’s take a look at violent crime statistics for a moment. Why? Simple: Violent crimes are the circumstances most likely to result in the use of deadly force by law enforcement.
- As it turns out, the FBI reports (here) that white Americans commit 59% of all violent crimes — less than their percentage of the population — while black Americans commit 38% of all violent crime, or nearly three times their proportion of the American population. (This is for the year 2016. Assuming that the proportions don’t change drastically from year-to-year, there’s no reason to think that this would be dramatically different for the years 2015, 2017 and 2018. Again, we’re trying to get just a rough indication of what the statistics represent.)
- That means: any given black person is, again on average, about three times more likely to commit a violent crime than any given white person.
- By those numbers, the deaths of white Americans at the hands of law enforcement are significantly higher than they “ought to be.” Let’s issue the appropriate disclaimers: No one should die at the hands of law enforcement. Each such death is a waste of a human life, and a tragedy. However, it seems inescapable: Police seem a lot more ready and willing to kill unarmed white people than black people.
Abagond’s number — fourteen — with some much-needed context, indicts the Race Grievance Industry. It required a trivial effort to do the research required to add the necessary context to the number, showing that Abagond’s 14 should be about 30. And, that number, while still too high, is, let’s face it: tiny. Minuscule. Let’s call it 30 deaths of unarmed black men per year at the hands of law enforcement.
Let’s do a quick search now of how many black Americans are killed by other black Americans in any given year, shall we?
This chart tells us that black Americans kill other black Americans at the rate of 2,100 to 3,100 per year, and have been doing so since the year 2001.
That means that a black person has a 70 to 100 times greater chance of being killed by another black person, than by a cop. Let’s do a quick calculation: if we take the midpoint between 2,100 and 3,100, we get 2,600. Multiply that by 17 — the years between 2001 and 2018, excluding (’00 to ’01) we get 44,200. Give or take, that’s the number of black people killed by other black people in the years since this century started. That’s a horrible death toll.
To put it into perspective, let’s examine the white deaths, and postulate that the black deaths ought to be one-fifth of the white number.
Looking at the chart, we see that white-on-white killings per year appear to go from a tad above 2,400 to just below 3,200. Let’s say: 2,450 to 3,200 (rounding up a bit.) Find that midpoint — 2825 — multiply it by 17, to get: 48,025. Another tragically high number! However, since black people number about 20% of white people in the population as a whole, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that black-on-black killings ought to be about 20% of the white-on-white number. Again, in very rough numbers.
Black-on-black killings ought, therefore, to number around 9,600 for the time period since 2001. Instead the FBI reports that such deaths number around 44,000! More than 4 and a half times that number!
That’s the very definition of carnage.
While the average black American has almost no chance of ever being killed by a policeman, he’s in vastly great danger of being killed by another black person. Simple as that.
Tell me again, why Abagond has the number 14 prominently displayed on his blog? Oh, yes… so that he can bury his head in the sand about the real, serious, deadly problem in black America.
This is the crime of the Race Grievance Industry. While black Americans die in the thousands, they’re posting ridiculous numbers like… 14 on their blogs, and pretending that they’ve imparted serious, meaningful, important information.
By looking the other way, they’re complicit in the deaths of black Americans every year.
Want to know how complicit they are? Here’s a well-known leftist organization’s web site: The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The breathless headline to the piece under that link is: “White supremacists’ favorite myths about black crime rates take another hit from BJS study” (Editor’s Note: “BJS” is the “Bureau of Justice Statistics”)
The “article” then goes on to crow about how a favorite “White Supremacist” theory has been debunked by the BJS study. The theory: That black people are guilty of more crime against white people than white people are.
But, here’s where the SPLC got it wrong. No one has been arguing that black people commit more crime against white people than white people do. No one’s ever that I’ve seen tried to make that case! Everyone knows that crime tends to stay within races. In other words: white people tend to commit crimes against other white people, while black people tend to commit crimes against other black people. It has long been that way, and no one is trying to make any other case. And I’ve never seen anyone try to make any other case.
So, in tackling a non-existent problem — the non-existent belief that there’s more black-on-white crime than white-on-white crime — the SPLC has made an important attempt to divert attention away from the real problem: black-on-black violence, which actually is a horrible problem in America.
In diverting attention from that problem, the SPLC contributes to hiding these deaths, and to preventing real, substantive ideas to prevent such deaths. The SPLC is complicit in black Americans’ violent deaths.
The SPLC is aware of the problem. However, as an important member of the Race Grievance Industry, it doesn’t fit their narrative that all major problems in the black community are the responsibility of white Americans. So, while black people die, they ignore it. Like Abagond. Like Brothawolf.
Black Americans are dying! By the thousands every year. The Left and the RGI are guilty of playing an important role in those deaths. The SPLC keeps a list of so-called “hate groups.” They’re fond of putting Conservative groups on that list. However, since the SPLC actually helps in the killing of black Americans, I think they ought to be right at the top of their own list. Maybe right underneath it should be the Race Grievance Industry. And right under that should be the Democrat Party — all the leftist organizations that are actively helping to kill black Americans each year.