This is How the Media Invents Racism

… and Why You Think There’s an Epidemic of Cops Killing Blacks

by Alexander Zubatov

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  • 2019 Update: Confirming my findings, in 2019, five scholars from Michigan State University and the University of Maryland published an extensive study showing, yet again, that when the crime rate is factored in, cops do not disproportionately kill black men. Instead, the rate at which cops kill anyone tracks the crime rate county by county. To quote Michigan State professor Joseph Cesario, summarizing the joint work of these researchers, “If you live in a county that has a lot of white people committing crimes, white people are more likely to be shot. If you live in a county that has a lot of black people committing crimes, black people are more likely to be shot. It is the best predictor we have of fatal police shootings.” Furthermore, as the same study shows, white cops are no more likely to kill black men than are black or other minority cops. The vast majority of those who are shot by cops, moreover, are, in the words of Heather Mac Donald, “armed or violently resisting arrest.”
  • 2020 Update: Some readers have complained that I am discussing killings by cops in general, rather than focusing, specifically, on killings of UNARMED individuals. So here you go. As the African American Manhattan Institute fellow Coleman Hughes has argued, drawing on data from the Washington Post, “In 2019, nine unarmed black people, along with 19 unarmed white people, were shot dead by the police in the United States. That puts the typical person’s odds of getting killed by the cops while unarmed on par with his chances of being struck by lightning or killed by a jihadi.” In case you are interested, Tucker Carlson — not someone I inherently trust, but this is the only place I found this information, and I have no particular reason to doubt it — goes through the specific facts of each of those nine cases (he actually has ten cases). Of the ten he has, five involved the suspect attacking police, and one was an accident, leaving four where the circumstances were a standoff or a pursuit, including two where the cop was criminally charged. Any way you slice it, cops unjustifiably killing unarmed blacks is a TINY, TINY issue, not the huge “they’re killing us every day”-type issue opportunistic #BLM activists and their white liberal useful-idiot dupes want to convince you is occurring.
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