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What defunding the police really means

A black American is a thousand times more likely to be killed by another black American than by a police officer of any race. This sad fact has not stopped calls in the US for defunding the police.

Published: June 10, 2020, 10:05 am

    The Wall Street Journal reported that even though blacks comprise 13 percent of the US population, they committed 53 percent of murders in which the perpetrator was known in 2018, as well as 60 percent of robberies.

    American police – both white or black – killed exactly nine unarmed black Americans in 2019, about one one-thousandth of the 7 407 blacks murdered in 2018. Sadly, 90 percent of those killed were murdered by other black Americans.

    As the WSJ observed, “The police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019, according to a Washington Post database, down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015. The Post defines ‘unarmed’ broadly to include such cases as a suspect in Newark, New Jersey, who had a loaded handgun in his car during a police chase.

    “In 2018 there were 7 407 black homicide victims. Assuming a comparable number of victims last year, those nine unarmed black victims of police shootings represent 0,1 percent of all African-Americans killed in 2019. By contrast, a police officer is 18½ times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.”

    The other notable fact is that if American police departments close, many more black Americans will be killed. In Baltimore after the 2015 riots following the death of Freddie Gray, who died in the back of a police van after his arrest for possession of a knife, days of looting and arson only ended with the arrival of the National Guard.

    “From 2008 to 2014, there were between a hundred and ninety-seven and two hundred and forty homicides each year in Baltimore; since Freddie Gray’s killing, there have never been fewer than three hundred,” the New Yorker reported on May 29. The city’s mayor at the time – a black woman – eventually chose not to seek re-election faced with this conundrum.

    The Baltimore city government had charged six police officers with murder and manslaughter, but mainly black juries eventually acquitted them. However, faced with a growing criminal African-American population, the Freddie Gray riots clearly showed that the police no longer wanted to be made scapegoats for societal problems.

    Across the US, the incarceration rate for blacks has fallen steadily, from a total of 592 900 prisoners in 2007 to 475 900 in 2017. The Pew Institute has highlighted that the black incarceration rate has fallen faster than the white incarceration rate.

    Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik told The Sara Carter Show on Monday that if the Black Lives Matter organization and left-wing anarchist group Antifa really believed their own slogan “they would be marching all over Chicago”. The city struggles with the same crime problem as in Baltimore.

    Kerik said there was a “systematic” problem in Chicago, where black-on-black violence has continued unabated.

    And looking at education to solve this nightmare has not gone smoothly: US universities now spend almost as much on “administrative support” for minority students as they do on instruction, Forbes noted. Minority admissions have become an issue to address the racial imbalance at most of these institutions.

    “During the 1980-1981 school year, public and private institutions spent $20,7 billion in total on instruction, and $13 billion on academic support, student services and institutional support combined, according to data from the National Center for Educational Statistics. By the 2014-2015 school year, total instructional costs had climbed to $148 billion, while the same grouping of administrative expenses had risen to $122,3 billion,” Forbes reported.

    Blacks who want to be accepted at colleges need Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores 250 points lower than white candidates; Hispanics, 185 points lower, while Asians must score 50 points higher than whites. A standard deviation is 210 points on the SAT, creating an enormous advantage for African-Americans.

    This may have equalized black and white college admissions, but it has done little to nothing to improve graduation rates: African Americans make up 13,9 percent of all students admitted and less than half will obtain university degrees. The six-year graduation rate for “oppressed” black women is 43 percent, higher than for their male counterparts. According to an academic publication, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, roughly a third or 35 percent of black university students ever graduate.

    By contrast, Hispanic graduation rates excludes the possibility that Americans foster racial discrimination. Hispanics, America’s largest minority group at 16,7 percent of the population, have witnessed their university graduation rate go up.

    It therefore appears that there is specifically either a problem with black men in the US or leftist higher educational institutions promoting specific racial issues.

    As Professor Samuel Abrams of Sarah Lawrence College pointed out: “Two-thirds of administrators self-identify as liberal, with 40 percent of that liberal pool stating that they are far left. A quarter of them call themselves middle of the road, while only 5 percent say they are on the right. That makes for a liberal-to-conservative ratio of 12 to one.”

    A fresh Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has revealed that 80 percent of US voters think the situation in the country is now “out of control” with just 15 percent saying it remains “under control” and three percent feeling “it is some of both”.

    The National African American Gun Association (NAAGA) has meanwhile reported an “explosion in the number of black gun owners nationwide,” according to The Daily Beast.

    NAAGA has over 100 chapters nationwide with 40 000 gun-toting members. The group said more than 10 000 black members joined this year alone.

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