Since the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day, cities across America and the world have exploded in riots, with rioters killing innocent people and destroying millions of dollars worth of property, as well as the livelihoods of many.
Slogans of “No Justice, No Peace” are carried by protestors, as well as profane references to police in general. The rioters/protestors claim justification for their actions because of “systematic racism in law enforcement” throughout America.
Unlike the LA riots in 1992, which came after a trial, rioters didn’t wait this time for a trial, despite the fact that the officers involved were promptly fired and charged.
In fact, most Americans of all races believed what happened to Floyd was wrong and that the officers involved should be held responsible for his death. It looked like a clear case of police brutality to most of us.
Yet rather than let the courts work, people all over the country who had no ties to Floyd or Minneapolis took to the streets and wreaked havoc on other people’s property and are now demanding in some cities that police forces be defunded.
So is there any truth to the charges of systemic racism in America in law enforcement?
Not according to a database created by The Washington Post, which is by no means a conservative publication. Last year, a total of nine unarmed black men were killed by police and 19 unarmed whites were killed by police.
Considering the millions of encounters with police every year, the odds of getting killed by them are very low for everyone. But white men are more likely to be killed: one out of 292,000 arrests for blacks and one out of 283,000 arrests for whites.
Not exactly the open season on black men the media and the left would have us believe.
And what about the people the police kill who are armed?
Since 2015 (when the Post began tracking these numbers), the police have killed about 1,000 people a year. Every year on average, about one quarter of them are black.
This is about twice the black share of the population, which is 13%. Is this proof of police racism? No.
In 2018, the most recent year for which we have statistics, blacks accounted for 37% of all arrests for violent crimes, 54% of all arrests for robbery and 53% of arrests for murder.
With so many blacks involved in this kind of violent crime, that blacks should account for 25% of the people killed by the police is a disproportionately low figure.
(“Unarmed Killings of African-Americans Numbered Under 10 Last Year, 4 Times Fewer Than 2015,” medium.com.)
Every year, criminals kill about 120-150 police officers. And we know from FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics that every year, on average, about 35% of these police officers are killed by blacks (fbi.gov).
So, once again blacks as 13% of the population account for 25% of the people killed by police.
But if police were killing criminals in proportion to their threatening, violent, criminal behavior, blacks would be a greater percentage of the people killed by the police.
None of these facts excuse, nor or they intended to justify, why Officer Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes, even after he was unresponsive.
And for the record, I do think the police have become too militarized in some ways. I think we have a lot of people in law enforcement who have no business in the profession.
I don’t think the majority are bad actors, but more than we should have, for sure.
That said, the premise of institutionalized racism in law enforcement is, in my opinion and based on the facts, built on a lie.
That lie is often pushed by Black Lives Matter (BLM) to spur sympathy and generate resentment and unrest.
I also wonder if the average person involved with BLM or supportive of their narratives and goals understand that it is, in fact, Marxist?
BLM launched in 2013 with a Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the Trayvon Martin killing (discoverthenetworks.org).
Radical Left activists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi claim credit for the slogan and hashtag.
Following the Michael Brown shooting in August 2014, Dream Defenders, an organization led by Working Families Party (ACORN) activist and Occupy Wall Street anarchist Nelini Stamp, popularized the phrase “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” — which we now know was based on a lie, but has since become BLM’s widely recognized slogan.
Garza, Cullors and Tometi all work for front groups of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), one of the four largest radical Left organizations in the country
The others are the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS).
Nelini Stamp’s ACORN, now rebranded under a variety of different names, works with all four organizations, and Dream Defenders is backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center and others (capitalresearch.org).
And what do these BLM founders have to say about themselves that might surprise some supporters? Let’s take a look.
Garza, who penned a “Herstory” of BLM, is a self-described black veteran activist (thefeministwire.com) involved in numerous Freedom Road Socialist Organizations (FRSO).
Her resumé includes: special projects director, National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA); executive director, People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER); board member, School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL); and 2011 board chair, Right to the City Alliance (RTTC).
Cullors describes herself as a “working class, … black woman.” At a 2015 Netroots Nation conference, Cullors led chants shouting, “If I die in police custody, burn everything down … (followed by other calls to action too profane to print here).”
Cullors claims the country killed her father, a drug addict. She founded and directs Dignity and Power Now (DPN), which claims to seek “dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families and communities.”
Cullors was trained by Eric Mann, a former Weather Underground leader who exhorts followers to become “anti-racist, anti-imperialist” activists.
Mann runs another FRSO front, the Labor/Community Strategy Center. Like most professional leftists, he makes good money — more than $225,000 annually — living in “the system” he advocates destroying.
Tometi is the daughter of illegal aliens from Nigeria. While in college, she worked for the ACLU defending illegal aliens against “vigilantes” opposed to illegal immigration.
She is currently: executive director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI); board member, School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL); and 2011 board chair, Right to the City Alliance (RTTC).
How are they funded? Here are a few examples (guidestar.org):
NDWA (Garza) — 2013 revenues were $5.5 million. The NDWA board includes two members of CASA de Maryland, the illegal aliens’ version of ACORN (aim.org).
CASA also received a grant from NDWA in 2013, as did the radical Left Institute for Policy Studies.
NDWA receives funding from the following foundations: Ben & Jerry’s, $30,000; Ford, $1.91 million; Kellogg, $250,000; Marguerite Casey, $450,000;
Nathan Cummings, $500,000; Oak, $489,500; Rockefeller, $134,000; Soros Funds, $1,345 million; Surdna, $235,0004; and other, $777,550. The total is $6.12 million.
POWER (Garza)—2013 revenues were $456,676, including $92,173 in government grants. POWER evolved from the now-defunct communist group, Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM). Obama’s former “Green Jobs Czar” and self-described communist, Van Jones, served on STORM’s board.
Cullors’ DPN is underwritten by Community Partners, a Los Angeles based non-profit with a $24 million budget (including $4 million in government grants) that fiscally sponsors non-profits. It is not an FRSO organization.
There are many others involved with similar backgrounds.
So, BLM is built on a lie by deviant socialists — not really a pro-American group in any way.
Keep that in mind when you hear them spew their desire for black supremacy.
DAVE VANCE of Stewart County is a member of the local Volunteers for Freedom Tea Party. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.