Thursday, October 16, 2014

Deadly Force, in Black and White

From ProPublica:

Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.

The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.

More here.

This isn't something from the liberal imagination. This isn't about blacks with a persecution complex. Not about Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. This is real. This is actually happening. Blacks are at twenty one times the risk of whites for being killed by a police officer. Twenty one times. That's bad. Really bad.

I mean, actually, this has been totally obvious to honest observers for many years. But a lot of whites in this country live within a bubble of delusion and denial, sick of hearing about racism, covering their ears and shouting "there is no racism" over and over so as to shield themselves from the deeply disturbing truth: Michael Brown is not the exception; Michael Brown is the rule.

The numbers don't lie.

My fellow white Americans, it is time to face the facts. Racism is alive and well in this country, often perpetrated by people who have no idea what it is with which they are involved. And people are dying because of it. Something must be done. Right now. We have a moral responsibility.