If the #BlackLivesMatter movement cared about black lives, they have a lot of problems they can address.Failing public schools, gang violence, and the prevalence of single motherhood all disproportionately affect the black community. But when’s the last time you heard someone in the BLM movement draw attention to those issues?
Instead they’ve focused on the issue of police violence, arguing that blacks are disproportionately mistreated by and killed by police. So are they right?As CNS News reports:
A new think tank report takes aim at the Black Lives Matter movement’s contention that law enforcement’s use of lethal force unequally targets blacks compared to other racial or ethnic groups.
According to the report by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, not only are a higher percentage of whites and Hispanics killed by police, the greater threat to blacks comes from violent criminals within their own communities.“The evidence does not support the conclusion that American police are waging a racist war against blacks,” Manhattan senior fellow Heather Mac Donald writes.
“The Black Lives Matter movement has been a counterproductive distraction from the real violence problem facing black communities: violence from criminals, not the police,” the report concludes.
“Law enforcement could end all use of lethal force tomorrow, and it would have, at most, a negligible effect on the black death-by-homicide rate, which is driven overwhelmingly by murders committed by other black civilians,” Mac Donald notes in Reality Check: Violent Criminals, Not the Police. Pose Real Threat to African-Americans, which was published Jan. 21.And what about some of the other statistics that BLM likes to tout?
In an interview, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza is quoted as saying: “It’s also pretty callous, in my opinion, to say ‘all lives matter’ when black folks are being killed every 28 hours by police or vigilantes.”
But Mac Donald points out that blacks actually face a lower level of lethal force by police than either whites or Hispanics.“Police shootings account for a much smaller share of homicides in the black community than in other communities: 4 percent of black homicide victims are killed by the police, compared with 12 percent of white and Hispanic homicide victims,” she states.
In fact, this is hardly the only recent study coming to this conclusion. A study back in 2014 in the Journal of Experimental Criminology found that cops are quicker to shoot white suspects, and make more errors in cases involving white suspects.
We’ve had proof now for two years now that the BLM narrative is questionable, but apparently nobody bothered to send them the memo.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]