Today in “everything is racist” we present: human black silhouette targets.
Yes indeed – if you see a target like the one below at your local shooting range, be outraged…. or something.
So what’s the tortured logic on why the above image is racist? Guns.com explains: The No More Black Targets campaign argues that shooting ranges and instructors should not use “menacing” black targets, and is petitioning to end the practice, citing trigger bias.
“Young black men are 3X more likely to be shot by trained shooters than their white peers,” notes the site for the campaign. “A disturbing potential correlation: The most popular target for shooters to learn to use their firearm is a black silhouette. Unconscious bias can be deadly.”A Change.org petition by the group intends to call upon the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors to end the use of black silhouette targets.
The group references a study by University of Illinois researchers that concluded shooters were more likely to fire at a black target.
One of the researchers in that study, Yara Mekawi, told National Public Radio in 2015 that people were “quicker to shoot black targets with a gun relative to white targets with a gun. And…people were more trigger-happy when shooting black targets compared to shooting white targets.”
So apparently we’re supposed to believe there’s some sort of connection between people being more likely to shoot black pieces of paper and then being more likely to shoot black people in the real world? It’s just a tad of a stretch to make such a connection (and of course, there are studies showing just the opposite, such as one conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which found that “even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects”).
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]