Since Michael Brown was killed in Missouri, the activist group ‘Black Lives Matter’ has been a force in American politics.Despite the group’s tactics more closely resembling a terrorist organization at times, the liberal media hasn’t been able to stop itself from fawning over it. Why worry about burning communities down when you can advance a good narrative?
Of course, the BLM movement has always been divorced from reality. Although the group claims that African Americans are unfairly targeted by police, studies continue to show that they are no more likely to be shot by police than whites.
Police shootings aren’t the only issue BLM believes unfairly targets blacks. The prison system, they say, is also a force for systemic racism in the United States. However, a new study reveals that narrative is also false. In fact, white offenders receive longer prison sentences than any other race.
From Bizpac Review:White offenders convicted of a crime carrying a mandatory minimum sentence are receiving more severe punishments than any other race, according to a United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) study.
The USSC released its comprehensive review of the federal justice system’s mandatory minimum penalties Tuesday in its first review of the penalties since 2011. The study found that unlike 2011, white offenders, as opposed to black offenders, had the highest average sentence among offenders convicted of a crime carrying a mandatory minimum penalty. White people also had the highest sentences among offenders who had obtained sentence reductions.
White offenders were sentenced to an average of 127 months, black offenders to 119 months, and Hispanic offenders to 93 months.Mandatory minimum sentencing laws have long been the subject of ire for race activists, despite the fact that the laws were originally favored by black activists groups. Now, groups like BLM see such laws as evidence of racism inherent in the American government.
Unsurprisingly, the data directly contradicts the liberal talking points.Sadly, groups like BLM don’t care about the facts. In truth, BLM has become a tool to promote a leftist political agenda. For its part, the media is all too happy to cheer them along. Unfortunately for them, Americans continue to discover the truth.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]