Here’s a question for you: How many unarmed black men were killed by police in 2019?
- About 10
- About 100
- About 1,000
- About 10,000
- More than 10,000
Make your choice before you read further.
What did you say? I guess “about 100.” I was wrong. The correct answer is “about 10” — the much-lauded Washington Post database said 13 unarmed black men were killed by police that year. Another database, one maintained by data scientists and activists, says 27. Still both numbers are far closer to “about 10” than to any other number.
The MORB got it right !
Another question: Of those shot and killed by police in 2019, what percentage were black?
Don’t read any further until you have guessed?
I guessed about 50 percent. I would have been very wrong. The real answer is 26.7 percent.
But then, everybody else was wrong too.
Not the MORB !!! … I guessed 33 percent … The correct answer is 26.7 .. So the MORB was thee closest !!!
What’s the conclusion here? Race and racially-motivated police violence is a major driver of news and political conflict in this country. But most of us — even conservatives — are badly uninformed about it, and think that it’s a much worse problem than it is.
Where would we have gotten our information? The media.
George Floyd’s lawyer, writing last year in the Washington Post, said:
This cascade of recent cases — Ahmaud Arbery, jogging while black; Breonna Taylor, sleeping while black; and most recently, George Floyd, encountering police while black — has sharpened the focus of all Americans on two inescapable realities: Our society and its institutions place a perilously low value on black lives, and it’s inherently dangerous to be black in America.
And then we hear that nagging thought that keeps coming back and demanding us to face it: How many more deaths have not been captured on video? How long has this been going on without witnesses or documentation? Is this an outlier or is this endemic? And it starts to feel like genocide.
Genocide! Genocide is defined by the Oxford English dictionary as “the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group.”
There are more than 40 million black people in the United States. The killing of between 13 and 27 black people a year in police-involved shootings — not to say whether or not those particular shootings were justified — is not genocide. The idea that the Washington Post would allow a black lawyer to use that kind of incendiary language in an op-ed gives you an idea of why so many Americans think the problem is far worse than it really is.
BullshitMedia at work … And the Woke Sheeple jump off a cliff for it …
Source: Race, Police, And Innumeracy | The American Conservative