About a year ago, a cop arrested, handcuffed and foolishly killedftnt a violent career criminal, drug addict, thief, robber and ex-con named George Floyd who was high on fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Last week on the anniversary of Floyd’s death, the left marked the day. Not with mournful candlelight vigils as civilized people might, but by celebrating in the usual Third World way by shooting guns into the air, into windows and into other people.
The left lives for these tragedies. It gives them an excuse to go out rioting, and they did. Not because they give a damn about Floyd, but because they like to riot. They like to riot because they hate America.
To the extent the rioters bothered with words, they couched much of their violence last year in anti-Trump rhetoric. For that, the media of course cheered them on. That rhetoric was proven disingenuous on the day Joe Biden was inaugurated when they chanted “We don’t want Biden, we want revenge.” Long after Trump left the White House, they routinely chant “Burn it Down” and “Death to America.”
All this fueled Black Lives Matter, a group founded by a person who boasts that they are “trained Marxists.” After they bullied corporations into giving them $90 million, and counting, this founder went on a house-buying binge. As successful socialists do, from Venezuela to North Korea.
A central tenet of this Marxist group is that America is “systemically racist.” That’s the kind of racism for which there’s no actual racist person and so they get to blame the entire culture, and there’s no actual acts of racism. There’ just a disparity in the success rates between different groups.
It’s like observing that men do worse in foreign language than women and are less represented in book clubs, and thereby concluding that language instruction or perhaps language itself, and books, are systemically misandrist (prejudiced against men).
This same half-baked reasoning deems America systemically racist because blacks are underrepresented in, for example, law, medicine, skiing and bicycling. Ignore the fact that they’re overrepresented in music, entertainment and sports other than skiing and cycling. And ignore the fact that for over a generation they have been overtly favored in academic admissions, hiring and promotions.
In America’s big city police departments, this American racism is allegedly more than just systemic. There, the left contends, cops are murdering blacks right and left. This allegation requires you to ignore yet another fact: Big city cops and police chiefs are disproportionately black.
This media-repeated meme about racist police is not only unsupported by the evidence. It’s outright disproven by the evidence. Look at some statistics.
Even though blacks are only one-eighth the population of whites, the number of black-on-white murders is twice the number of white-on-black murders, and black-on-black murders are ten times the number of white-on-black murders. The most common cause of death among young black men, by far, is murder by another young black man. The pandemic of black-on-black deaths goes tragically unprotested.
Similar statistics hold in the police departments. Blacks are 13% of the population and are 24% of the deaths caused by cops. At first glance, that seems to suggest that blacks are much more likely to be victims of police violence. But it is also true that blacks are much more likely to encounter cops in violence-prone situations, such as an arrest, because blacks with only 13% of the population commit 53% of murders and manslaughters.
Viewed in context with the black violent crime rate, it is therefore indisputable that any given black being arrested for a violent crime is less likely, not more likely, than a white arrestee to die at the hands of the cops.
The reason the left singles out the police departments for their smears is not because the police departments are especially racist – as shown above, they’re not – but because it’s the police departments that maintain the rule of law in America. In their effort to reduce America to a violent, lawless society – as they seek America’s death – the left correctly views cops as their enemy.
The left has been partially successful in their battle against the cops as part of their war on America. Big city violent crime is way up since the emergence of BLM and the reductions in police resources. It turns out that reducing cops on the streets increases crime rates. (It’s not due to COVID; in Europe, crime rates did not increase during COVID.)
The left learned generations ago that Karl Marx’ class warfare is ineffective in America because Americans see their country as a land of opportunity. People routinely transcend the class into which they are born. I did, and there’s a good chance that you did too.
But the left has now learned that while class warfare doesn’t work, racial warfare and the ensuing societal chaos do. So they distort and lie about police-black interactions, as they notoriously did with the false “hands-up-don’t-shoot” meme in the Michael Brown shooting, all in the aim of stoking racial tensions.
And they celebrate every tragedy. Absent a sufficient number of tragedies to celebrate, they celebrate the anniversaries of the old ones, as they did last week.
Truth-telling and problem-solving in America are not the goals of the left or their useful idiots in the media. They candidly boast that their goal is to burn it down. On that, I take them at their word.
Footnote: Two points about the murder trial of the cop who killed Floyd.
The cop may have been denied a fair trial in view of the publicity. That includes the city’s needless announcement the week before trial of a $27 million settlement with Floyd’s family, Joe Biden publicly rooting for the prosecution (though I doubt anyone takes seriously the gibberish that comes out of Biden’s mouth) and an apparent lie that one juror told in jury-selection where he falsely denied participating in BLM protests.
However, as for Floyd’s drug-addled condition that may have contributed to his death, a wrong-doer takes his victims as he finds them. It’s no legal defense to say the victim would have died anyway next week of an overdose, or that he wouldn’t have died at all but for his ill health, or that his life was worthless. This column is not intended as a defense of that particular cop.