Ethnic crime statistics and politics

With the constant talk, reports and agitating focused on ethnicity in America—primarily Caucasian, Negroid and Amerindian (whites, blacks and “Hispanics”)—little is reported about which group is most involved in violent crimes in this society—for an obvious reason.

The “Black Lives Matter” Leftist movement is dedicated to changing domestic policing tactics and judicial proceedings based on their claim that “racist police officers are the greatest threat facing young black men today.” The facts destroy their incredibility and interfere with their subversive agenda, but, of course, that won’t deter them.

In a speech last month at Hillsdale College’s {} Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., Heather MacDonald discussed this issue and cited statistics to show the absurd falsity of BLM’s assertions.

These thugs get attention by looting, destroying property and executing police officers. In my opinion, this gang should be labeled domestic terrorists. But the media promote them as legitimate “protesters.” And the Obama administration supports them.

Ms. MacDonald is a well educated journalist and author of three books. Two of them related to her talk at Hillsdale College: Are Cops Racist? And The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. She believes there is an “urgent” need to examine the BLM movement’s assumption about racist police.

I believe that this movement is another tactic of cultural Marxists to divert attention from a real social issue and confuse people about it using “Rules for Radicals.” MacDonald’s view: “(W)e have been talking obsessively about alleged police racism over the last 20 years in order to avoid talking about a far larger problem—black on black crime.”

She infuses her talk with devastating and disturbing facts. Although black people are only 13 percent of our total population, “Black males between the ages of 14-17 commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanic teens combined…Every year, approximately 6,000 blacks are murdered…Blacks of all ages commit homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined, and eleven times the rate of whites alone.”

MacDonald says that if police suddenly ended all lethal uses of force it would have little if any effect on the “black death-by-homicide rate.” In 2015 U. S. police killed 987 civilians: 26 percent were blacks, but 50 percent were whites. In these cases the victims were armed or otherwise threatening violence with lethal force. In light of the high rate of black violent crime, MacDonald suggests, we might predict a higher rate of black victims.

Considering where the police find most violent criminals, and where they are most at risk, statistics suggest that they are quite restrained.  As MacDonald says, “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.”

For example, in 2009 within the U. S. 75 largest counties (with 15 percent black populations) “blacks constituted 62 percent of all robbery defendants, 57 percent of all murder defendants, 45 percent of all assault defendants.”

Statistics show that police officers are most at risk when confronting black youths: “40 percent of all cop killers have been black over the last decade.”

Furthermore, “a larger proportion of white and Hispanic homicide deaths are a result of police killings than black homicide deaths”—12 percent of all white and Hispanic homicide victims are killed by the police, only 4 percent are blacks.

Where are the media reporting these statistics?

Academics and the ACLU claim that “law enforcement actions are racist if they don’t mirror population data,” says MacDonald. She gives an example of this falsity:  “Blacks make up 23 percent of New York City’s population, but they commit 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, and 66 percent of all violent crime…Add Hispanic shootings and you account for 98 percent of all illegal gunfire in the city.” The city is composed of 33 percent white people, but “they commit fewer than two percent of all shootings.”

So, where does one expect the police are called to go on a “gun run” (someone has just been shot)? Hint: In Brooklyn it’s not likely to Bay Ridge, a white neighborhood; most likely it will be predominately black Brownsville where the per capita shooting rate is 81 times higher.

And who matches the description of a suspect? Clue: it’s not white guys.

Where should police resources and tactics be deployed to protect the community?

The Black Lives Matter movement and its “enablers” aren’t interested in these questions because the facts don’t support their agenda. But black families of the victims should care. Their children are being killed by the “mindless violence” perpetrated by young black men.

Why do the righteous reverends, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, fail to show up with their screaming mobs—demanding “justice”—at these killings? Obviously, it doesn’t advance their lucrative agenda to promote “racism” in America. And, to them, black on black victims don’t matter.

Ms. MacDonald notes that the crime rate in the U. S. have gone down by about 40 percent since the early 1990s. New York City, for example, in 1990 had 2,245 homicides; in 2014 there were 333. What has caused that dramatic reduction in killings? Could it be more aggressive policing? Obviously, it is.

In 1994 the NYPD, after analyzing crime data and seeing patterns where people were being most victimized, had weekly strategy meetings. Precinct commanders were held accountable for results of crime control.

This “Compstat” strategy was applied nationwide and the “data-driven policy” has been the most successful of any government program, resulting in shop-keepers, senior citizens and children in NYC being able to live normal lives without fear of deadly assaults. Now because of the lies spread by BLM and the media their safety is jeopardized.

Police in inner-city neighborhoods face “cursing, jeering crowds” with cell phones recording their activities. They routinely intimidate police when they stop or try to arrest suspects. Naturally, officers worry about becoming the next “racist cop of the week” and losing their jobs, or worse.

Over the past two years BLM intimidations and threats have led police to back off crime prevention. The predictable result: crime has increased in cities such as Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Washington, D. C.

Ms MacDonald calls this “the Ferguson effect”—lawlessness supported by BLM and their enablers. FBI Director James Comey confirmed this at a speech in Chicago last year.

Unbelievably, support for criminal activity comes from the top down. Rather than encouraging our police to prevent crime federal officials now side with the violent perpetrators. A few days after Director Comey’s remarks the first black U. S. president accused him of “cherry picking data,” using “anecdotal evidence” and feeding “political agendas”—exactly the tactics Obama uses to promote racial strife, confusion and chaos in America.

MacDonald concluded her remarks”

We have been here before. In the 1960s and early 1970s, black and white radicals directed hatred and occasional violence against the police. Today the anti-cop ideology is embraced at the highest reaches of the establishment: by the President, by his Attorney General, by college presidents, by foundation heads, and by the press.

I don’t know what will end the current frenzy against police. What I do know is that we are playing with fire, and if it keeps spreading, it will be hard to put out.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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