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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Black Lives Do Matter

I was watching Bill O'Reily last night, with the sound turned down and reading the closed captions instead of listening to his irritating voice, when a segment came up about a new study by a black college professor from Harvard about the use of lethal force by white cops against black citizens.  That seemed like a timely topic so I took some time to look up the study.  A report from the NY Times about the study can be found here. As you can imagine, Bill would not have reported the study if it did not support his presuppositions on the matter.  Despite the fact that Bill liked the story, I found it most informative as well.  Let me tell you about it today.
The newspaper story is entitled, "Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings."  That headline tells me a lot.  Why is it surprising that blacks are not killed by cops at a rate higher than whites are killed by cops?  It is not surprising to me that it is true.  The great majority of the stories I read about police brutality and police murders of citizens revolve around white folks like me.  Were it not for the highly effective propaganda efforts of the Black Lives Matter crowd I don't believe any sensible citizen of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika would have come to the conclusion that cops are out to kill black folks.
Cops, especially those who are ex-military, are as a rule a group of people who like throwing their weight around and beating up people.  They are generally extremely insecure, which makes them even more dangerous, as they compensate for their insecurities by terrorizing others.  The people who are drawn to law enforcement are almost always people who like to control the behavior of others.  Rarely do they believe in the maxim of live and let live.  They also believe in the law and order state.  They are committed to an ever increasing body of laws that criminalizes just about every behavior a human being can engage in, thus giving them myriad reasons to arrest just about everyone.  I can't tell you how many times I have witnessed the attitude in cops that betrays their belief that citizens like us are stupid rebels in need of their brand of enforced discipline.  Put a gun into the hands of these misanthropists and murder is bound to follow.
The newspaper presented the conclusions of Roland G. Fryer, Jr. the author of the study and a professor of economics at Harvard.   To determine if cops like killing blacks more than whites, "the study examined more than 1,000 shootings in 10 major police departments, in Texas, Florida and California....He and student researchers spent about 3,000 hours assembling detailed data from police reports in Houston; Austin, Tex.; Dallas; Los Angeles; Orlando, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and four other counties in Florida.  They examined 1,332 shootings between 2000 and 2015, coding police narratives to answer questions such as: How old was the suspect? How many police officers were at the scene? Were they mostly white? Was the officer at the scene for a robbery, violent activity, a traffic stop or something else? Was it nighttime? Did the officer shoot after being attacked or before a possible attack? One goal was to determine if police officers were quicker to fire at black suspects."
And what did the good professor discover?  "In shootings in these 10 cities involving officers, officers were more likely to fire their weapons without having first been attacked when the suspects were white. Black and white civilians involved in police shootings were equally likely to have been carrying a weapon. Both results undercut the idea of racial bias in police use of lethal force....But police shootings are only part of the picture. What about situations in which an officer might be expected to fire, but doesn’t?  To answer this, Mr. Fryer focused on one city, Houston. The Police Department there let the researchers look at reports not only for shootings but also for arrests when lethal force might have been justified...Mr. Fryer found that in such situations, officers in Houston were about 20 percent less likely to shoot if the suspects were black."
Why does this surprise anyone?  In the politically correct and racially charged atmosphere we live in today it is only reasonable to assume that even jack-booted thugs like the cops will make some attempt to restrain themselves when they know that shooting a black person is going to get them into much more hot water than killing whitey.  Like the bullies and cowards that so many of them are, they will kill those who are easiest to kill and whitey is easier to kill and get away with it.
There have been several utterly predictable reactions to the study.  Black Lives Matter will undoubtedly dismiss the entire study as some sort of white conspiracy, utilizing a convenient Oreo at Harvard, to diffuse their take on reality.  Bill took the route most Christian Republicans would take.  He defended the cops and blamed the citizens, mostly white, for getting shot.  He repeated the familiar refrain that cops put their lives on the line every day to defend us and we should worship them as the heroes they truly are.  That mantra is not true.  Cops die on the job at a rate far below many much more dangerous careers.  Go here for the facts on that myth.  
Bill also informed me that the problem is that both black and white folks disrespect the cops.  Now on that we can agree.  He did not ask the question as to why so many of us have no respect for the cops.  That question would have exposed the weakness of his entire position so it would never get asked.  That does not keep me from asking it.  Quoting myself from my May 5, 2015 blog post, "The reason cops are rampaging all around this disgusting land, beating up and killing citizens at will, is because they have been given the responsibility of enforcing hundreds of thousands of immoral laws that criminalize practically everything we do.  Why just today I found out that if I hang up my Christmas tree lights this Christmas I will be breaking the law prohibiting the use of that particular type of light.  It seems the federal government has determined that I am stupid and the lights are unsafe so they have been banned.  I suspect that the real reason for the ban is economic.  Some Senator or Representative has a brother in the Christmas light business who could not compete with the high quality Christmas lights being imported from China and sold, quite inexpensively, at Wal-Mart.  A law had to be made and it had to be justified as being in the public interest."  
People hate cops because the cops personally represent the bloated system of laws that tyrannize all of us on a daily basis.  There is a fascinating contradictory relationship between the creators of the laws and the enforcers of the laws.  Government worshiping citizens of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika praise and worship career politicians who create laws giving them access to victim status and their fair share of their neighbor's wealth.  Then, when the bureaus responsible for fleshing out those laws create hundreds of new laws that are enforced by the cops, those same people become angry with both the bureaucrats and the cops when the laws are enforced against them.  The solution to the problem, despite what Bill believes, is not more money, more cops, or more government indoctrination programs informing us of the necessity to worship cops as heroes.  The solution to the problem is less law.  
I have a solution to the problem.  It is called biblical law and I will tell you about it tomorrow.

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