There is way more than 3 facts. I have litany at my disposal.
Barack Obama has spent the last several years drilling home the statistically evidenceless idea that police across the country are systemically racist. Hours before a black anti-white racist massacred five police officers in Dallas, Obama said that police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, about which he knew nothing, were “not isolated incidents. They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system.” After the cops were shot, Obama went to their funeral memorial and lectured America about the evils of police officers: “We also know that centuries of racial discrimination, of slavery, and subjugation, and Jim Crow; they didn’t simply vanish with the law against segregation…we know that bias remains. We know it, whether you are black, or white, or Hispanic, or Asian, or native American, or of Middle Eastern descent, we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point…. No institution is entirely immune, and that includes our police departments. We know this.”
Carrying that message forward, CNN’s Baraki Sellers argued on Sunday that, “We don’t have a vicious cycle of black men shooting at police. That [narrative] ratchets up the tension in this country where it doesn’t need to be, but two, it puts in danger more black men.”
Except that’s not true.
If there’s any systemic bias in America, it’s media-produced, politician-promoted anti-cop hatred in the black community. Here are three facts that prove it:
1. Cops Are Far More Likely To Be Shot By A Black Person Than To Shoot A Black Person. Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute makes the point that blacks are far less likely to be shot by police than would be suggested by the black crime rate. Just as importantly, “police officers face an 18.5 times greater chance of being killed by a black male than an unarmed black male has of being killed by a police officer.”
2. Often, Blacks Think Cops Are Criminals Without Evidence. After Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown under disputed circumstances misreported by the media and blown up by racial agitators, polls showed that a 57 percent majority of blacks wanted to see Wilson found guilty of murder, compared with 56 percent of whites who said they needed more evidence. Of course, Wilson was innocent, and Brown was a strong-arm robber and attempted cop killer. Similarly, during the OJ Simpson case, 60 percent of blacks didn’t believe OJ was guilty. In the Freddie Gray case, 80 percent of blacks thought the officers – several of whom were black – ought to be charged, compared with 60 percent of whites.
3. Blacks Are Far More Likely To Profile Cops Than The Other Way Around. While 59 percent of whites have either a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in cops, and only 14 percent have little or none, the numbers are awful among blacks: just 37 percent of blacks have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the police, and 25 percent have none at all. As of 2014, 74 percent of black people said that the police were too quick to use deadly force; just 28 percent of white people agreed. This is contrary to the facts: a new study from Harvard showed that whites are significantly more likely to be shot by police.
The left claims that all anti-cop bias in the black community springs from historic mistreatment. But that’s simply not true: young black people did not live through Jim Crow. Instead, they’ve been encouraged by the media and their politicians to see police as the enemy – and that’s reflected in both action and viewpoint. This isn’t to deny that there are many young black people who feel as though they’ve been targeted by police. But it is to say that there is far more evidence of anti-cop bias than anti-black bias in police forces.