So like everyone else, I have been unable to avoid the omnipresent media circus surrounding the deaths of two more “innocent, unarmed” black men at the hands of “evil white supremacist, white cops” (one of whom happened to be Asian). These racist cops, we’re told, gunned them down for no good reason, simply because they hated them for the colour of their skin.
This is literally the narrative that we’re being fed by the media right now.
And there are many people out there who actually seem to be buying into this bullshit narrative. Just think about it for a second. Most white people are against racism. Obviously genuine white racists do still exist, but they seem to be an extreme minority these days. Racism is just not socially acceptable these days, especially if you’re a white person. Cops are people like anyone else. Yet we’re supposed to believe that despite genuinely racist people being the minority, that somehow there’s a big racist conspiracy among American cops to murder innocent black people for absolutely no reason, despite the fact that doing so could potentially destroy their careers, and even their lives. We’re literally expected to believe that a large number of cops are so filled with hatred towards the skin colour of black people, that they’re willing to risk everything in order to kill them.
This is one of the stupidest conspiracy theories that I’ve ever heard of.
For those of us who actually bother to research things properly, it’s easy to prove just how flawed this narrative is. And that, is exactly what I’m going to do right now. So first, lets take a look at the estimated percentages of racial demographics in the US currently.
So by looking at both 2010 and 2015 demographics, and the small changes that have occurred in that time, the combined White and Latino population is roughly 80%. The reason that I’m counting the two together is because in crime statistics, Hispanics are counted as white (and this skews the crime rate numbers committed by “white” people somewhat). Arabs are counted as white too. This is important to remember, as I’ll explain later in this article. The black population, according to 2015 statistics, is roughly 13% of the population.
So next, lets take a look at an article which discusses the demographics killed by cops. According to this article, in the year following the death of Michael Brown (one of the first notable examples of this alleged racist conspiracy, and a topic which I covered in the past), 1083 Americans were killed by cops. The racial breakdown of the dead can be seen in the screenshot below.
So out of 1083 people, 273 of whom (or 25.2%) were black. The combined White/Hispanic death count (again let me remind you that I’m counting them as one group because they’re treated as one group in crime statistics) is at least 660, or could be as high as 781, depending on how many of the “unknown” category are from one of those groups. I think it’s pretty obvious when someone is black, but a mixed white/Hispanic, or a darker skinned white person (for example of Greek or Spanish descent) person’s race might not be so obvious, and therefore would be more likely to fall into the unknown category than a black person. This works out as a percentage of between 60.9 and 72.1%, depending on how much or how little of these unknowns were actually white or Hispanic.
So on the surface, this looks as if there might be merit to the claims of “Black Lives Matter” advocates that black people are killed disproportionately. A group making up 13% of the population has 25.2% of police deaths, versus a group making up 80% of the population, having only between 60.9 and 72.1% of deaths. However, this doesn’t tell the whole story.
When you look at FBI crime statistics on arrests for the three most recent years available, 2014, 2013, and 2012, we can see that blacks are arrested in disproportionate numbers to their population size. The figures show that they make up roughly 28% of arrests per year, as opposed to roughly 69% per year for Whites/Hispanics/Arabs.
So the narrative we’re originally presented is that an encounter with cops is much more likely to end fatally for a black person than a “white” person. But if a group which makes up 28% of all arrests has 25.2% of all deaths by cops, and a group which makes up 69% of all arrests results in somewhere between 60.9 and 72.1% of all deaths by cops, then can that really be true? If anything, it looks as if based on encounter rate with cops, the likelihood of death is roughly equal for all races.
So the next point that people will try and make is that the disproportionately high arrest rate for black people is where the racism really is. That for some reason, cops are going around and harassing innocent black people and then arresting them for no reason. Again, this is a ridiculous narrative, with no evidence to support it. There is however evidence to suggest that black people simply commit crime at a much higher rate than other races, and this leads to them getting arrested a lot more. This can be seen from reading the 2016 Revised Edition of The Colour of Crime , which records crime statistics based on race. I won’t summarise the findings here, because there’s too much to cover, but I would suggest reading it for yourselves. These disproportionately high crime rates from blacks are perfectly illustrated from looking at a list of the 30 cities in America with the highest number of homicides.
Just look up the black population percentages for each city on the list. To save you time, I’ll do it for you and put the results in a table. Figures are taken from the Wikipedia articles for each city and are based on results from the 2010 census. Any city where black people are the largest demographic will be typed out in bold. In addition, any city in which black people make up the overall majority (more than 50%) will have the word “MAJORITY” written beside the percentage. Any city where black people aren’t the largest demographic will be left in normal text.
Out of a list of the top 30 most dangerous cities in America, 20 have an overall majority black population, 4 more have black people being the largest demographic overall, another 4 have black people being a close second, and only 2 (Desert Hot Springs and Myrtle Beach) have a relatively low black population. The number one worst city of all, East St. Louis has a near 100% black population. Therefore I think it’s safe to say that when looking at this list of the most dangerous cities in America, cross referencing it with its population demographics, and when reading “The Colour of Crime”, that it’s pretty safe to say that no, the disproportionately high arrest rates for blacks aren’t just some racist conspiracy. They really do commit crime at a far higher rate than their population size, and the arrest rates reflect that.
So next up we gotta address the excuses that will be made. One of my personal favourites that I’ve heard is that they commit more crime because they’re profiled more. The sheer stupidity of this logic speaks for itself. They’re literally saying that “people act more suspicious that they’ll engage in criminal behaviour, that it causes them to engage in criminal behaviour”. This kind of logic is on par with “If Donald Trump bans Muslim immigration to the US, it will cause more of them to join ISIS”. The implication in both of these situations is that these people are emotionally unstable ticking time bombs who aren’t capable of controlling their own behaviour.
Again let me repeat myself, the sheer stupidity of this logic speaks for itself. The next excuse that I’ve heard is that many black people in America come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds at a rate far higher than other races, and this causes them to turn to crime more. While it is true that black people in America are more likely to live in poverty than other races, it’s untrue to blame poverty alone for their crime rates. There was a study conducted which compared the homicide rates of white majority and black majority neighbourhoods, based on the average family income of each neighbourhood. The table from the study which shows the relationship between race, income, and number of homicides can be seen below.
While it is true that on average, the poorer neighbourhoods tended to have the most homicides, when race was factored in as well, the black neighbourhoods had a much higher homicide rate than the white neighbourhoods with the same average income. Therefore, if poverty is what causes an increase in crime, then why aren’t poor white people committing as much crime as poor black people? These results were backed up by another similar study (which is now unfortunately behind a paywall, but I remembered to save the results first) which found that 2.7% of poorest white males end up in jail at some point, as opposed to 10.47% of poorest black males and 7.16% of the poorest Hispanic males. In fact, only the wealthiest black group (with an income between 91 and 100,000 dollars) have a lower rate of incarceration than the poorest whites with a 2.43% incarceration rate. Every other income group for black males has a higher incarceration rate than the poorest white group, thus proving that the poverty excuse is absolute nonsense.
So again, all they’re left with is that some ridiculous invisible white racist conspiracy is causing black people to commit a disproportionate amount of crime, which results in more encounters with police, which results in a higher incarceration rate or a higher fatality rate from resisting arrest (white racism must also cause them not to cooperate when being arrested either). Again, this is a completely stupid argument with absolutely no evidence to support it. As I’ve already pointed out (and as should be completely obvious) but being a racist is not only socially stigmatising if you’re a white person, but most people are genuinely opposed to it. So if most white people are opposed to racism, then where exactly is this invisible, and unquantifiable white racist conspiracy, which nobody can actually explain how it works, or give specific examples of it in action, coming from?
The reality is that there is no racist white conspiracy at all, but people aren’t allowed to make that claim, because doing so would mean that we would have to admit the forbidden truth. White people aren’t the ones who are at fault for the problems affecting the black community in America. Black people are. Again, let me go back to the most dangerous cities in America again. In the number one worst city for homicides, East St. Louis, with a 97.74% black population, in which you can be sure that the majority of the cops and city officials are black, how can white people possibly be to blame? It makes absolutely no sense, but because we’ve made it forbidden to acknowledge any uncomfortable truths that may be politically incorrect to discuss, we have to ignore the obvious and reach further and further for excuses.
In conclusion, let me just make the point of this article clear. I’m not trying to excuse police brutality. I’m not saying that racism doesn’t still exist. What I am saying is that the police shootings in America are not a racial issue, and shouldn’t be thought of as one. Police shootings are an issue that effect people of all races. There are more white people killed each year than black people in real numbers and quite possibly also in proportion to their crime statistics as well, but the media just makes a bigger circus out of it when the victim is black because they want to divide us.
It’s easy to find out information about Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, or any of the other black victims. When these people die, it’s an international news story for weeks at a time. However, how often do we hear names like Dylan Noble, Abraham Smith, William Tracy Patterson, Blake Peacock, or any other white names to have died at the hands of cops? Honestly, it’s very rare. These deaths are never as a big a story as when the person is black so this creates a false perception in the public that almost all victims (or at least a disproportionately high amount) are black. While this is true in terms of population size, when arrest rates are considered, this evens out. And when crime rates (which are also not a racist conspiracy) are considered, these disproportionately high arrest rates make perfect sense.
There is a race problem in America right now. But white people aren’t the ones to blame.