from May 27, 2012
by Walter Williams
Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94-percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks.
Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation's population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, the black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it's 22 times that of whites.
Coupled with being most of the nation's homicide victims, blacks are most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.
(left, Walter Williams is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University.)
The magnitude of this tragic mayhem [dwarfs black war losses.] According to a Tuskegee Institute study, between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites. Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all wars since 1980 (8,197) come to 18,515, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home.
It's a tragic commentary to be able to say that young black males have a greater chance of reaching maturity on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan than on the streets of Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Newark and other cities.
BLACK ON BLACK MURDER NOT A POLITICALLY CORRECT SUBJECT
A much larger issue is how might we interpret the deafening silence about the day-to-day murder in black communities compared with the national uproar over the killing of Trayvon Martin.
There are a few civil rights leaders with a different vision. When President Barack Obama commented about the Martin case, T. Willard Fair, president of the Urban League of Greater Miami, told The Daily Caller that "the outrage should be about us killing each other, about black-on-black crime." He asked rhetorically, "Wouldn't you think to have 41 people shot (in Chicago) between Friday morning and Monday morning would be much more newsworthy and deserve much more outrage?"
Former NAACP leader Pastor C.L. Bryant said the rallies organized by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson suggest there is an epidemic of "white men killing black young men," adding: "The epidemic is truly black-on-black crime. The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men."
Not only is there silence about black-on-black crime; there's silence and concealment about black racist attacks on whites -- for example, the recent attacks on two Virginian-Pilot newspaper reporters set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks. The story wasn't even covered by their own newspaper.
In March, a black mob assaulted, knocked unconscious, disrobed and robbed a white tourist in downtown Baltimore. Black mobs have roamed the streets of Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles and other cities, making unprovoked attacks on whites and running off with their belongings.
Racial demagoguery from the President on down is not in our nation's best interests, plus it's dangerous. As my colleague Thomas Sowell recently put it, "If there is anything worse than a one-sided race war, it is a two-sided race war, especially when one of the races outnumbers the other several times over."
5. Black Criminality Reflects Larger Social Problem
As Heather MacDonald writes in The Wall Street Journal
, 2009 statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics reveal that blacks were charged with 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the 75 biggest counties in the country, despite only comprising roughly 15 percent of the population in these counties.
"Such a concentration of criminal violence in minority communities means that officers will be disproportionately confronting armed and often resisting suspects in those communities, raising officers' own risk of using lethal force," writes MacDonald.
MacDonald also pointed out in her Hillsdale speech that blacks "commit 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, and 66 percent of all violent crime" in New York City, even though they consist of 23 percent of the city's population.
"The black violent crime rate would actually predict that more than 26 percent of police victims would be black," MacDonald said. "Officer use of force will occur where the police interact most often with violent criminals, armed suspects, and those resisting arrest, and that is in black neighborhoods."
2. More whites and Hispanics die from police homicides than blacks. According to MacDonald, 12 percent of white and Hispanic homicide deaths were due to police officers, while only four percent of black homicide deaths were the result of police officers.
"If we're going to have a 'Lives Matter' anti-police movement, it would be more appropriately named "White and Hispanic Lives Matter,'" said MacDonald in her Hillsdale speech.
First Comment from Nick
The whole Black Lives Matter is a textbook case of how the elites promote false narratives and support both sides of those narratives in order to divide, confuse and control people while simultaneously generating the outcome they want. The purpose of BLM (which ought to be obvious) is to divide opposition to growing police abuse along racial grounds, by portraying it as almost exclusively racist white cops that have it in for blacks. As though whites never have any cause to fear police abuse. And by portraying police abuse as largely a race issue, it serves to overshadow the real issues in police misconduct (such as state power versus citizens rights, due process and checks and balances) by casting the whole issue in terms of the overarching narrative of systemic white racism. Moreover, by encouraging the police to back off in the very communities that are more prone to crime and violence, the resulting chaos will ultimately lead to more demands for a return to aggressive policing. BLM is essentially controlled/false opposition to the emerging militarized police state. It is designed to define the anti-police cause according to its weakest and least credible critics.
As the other statistics published suggest, while it is true that blacks are over represented among police shootings relative to their share of the population, they are actually under represented among police shootings relative to their share of violent crime and willingness to escalate violent confrontations with police. It doesn't seem to occur to the BLM crowd that the police don't shoot people based on quotas of what share of the population different demographic groups represent! If a particular group is over represented among violent crime and violent escalations with police, they are going to tend to be over represented among police shootings even if police are not deliberately targeting that group!
Blacks that blame all their problems on racist police, and whites that see the police as their main defence against violent blacks, are equally useful idiots that are being played off against each other by the powers that be.