Blacks are unfairly targeted by the police, right? This assertion is being used by terrorist groups to gain sympathy for the poor, suppressed, unfairly-treated black population, and this is driving racism to new levels. I wondered if this were really true, so I checked statistics to see if their propaganda really holds up.
The mainstream news suggests that every time a black man is accosted by police he is more likely to be shot because he is black. So, we should eliminate all police as a result. What do facts show? Let’s start with the fact that black men make up 6.4% of the U.S. population, but commit over 50% of all homicides. Blacks are 18 times more likely to shoot and kill a police officer than to be shot and killed by one.
According to USA Today, for the past five years police have fatally shot around 1,000 civilians annually. Only 23% of them are black. As of the June 22 update, the Washington Post’s database of fatal police shootings showed 14 unarmed black victims and 25 unarmed white victims in 2019. Since that database was formed in 2015 the number of unarmed black shooting victims is down by 63%. The 14 unarmed victims of fatal police shootings make up 0.2% of the 7,300 black homicide victims in the U.S. each year.
In Chicago, 90% of gun homicides are committed by blacks. (in 2018 there were 2,367 shootings in Chicago, and that’s a “gun-free zone”!)
According to the FBI, more whites are killed by police than blacks, and in higher proportion. For every 10,000 blacks arrested for a violent crime, 3 are killed. For every 10,000 whites arrested for a violent crime 4 are killed. Yes, over 33% more whites are killed by police than blacks! This suggests and “anti-white” bias! This may, in fact, be due to all of the negative press re the shooting of black persons, causing police to be a bit more hesitant to shoot blacks.
Let’s look at the 2018 Bureau of Justice statistics “Survey of Criminal Victimization”. Of 593,598 cases of interracial (black vs white) violence, blacks committed 90% of the violence. In 2012-13 then President Obama’s DOJ recorded that black Americans committed 85% of all interracial victimization between blacks and whites.
Why are so many homicides being committed by blacks compared to whites? Is it because they are poor? No, in fact the rate of violent crimes is higher among those blacks with the highest incomes than among the poorest. (of course, some of this income is from drug sales) I submit that likely the main reason is that 70% of black kids are raised in fatherless homes. Strong families are the backbone of our nation. Destruction of the family is high on the list for those who wish to destroy America.
Blacks are no worse morally than whites. We are all made in the image of God, and we are all sinners in need of salvation. This deliverance is available only through Christ Jesus, and He desires that all blacks be saved just like all other people groups.
How do we get black children to be raised in complete, nurturing families? What if the federal government actually made it more favorable for black men to remain in the family? What if it made it more favorable to be married than to keep producing children out of wedlock? That, if accomplished, would go a long way in vastly lowering the rate of violent crime among blacks. In the mean time, let’s keep our hard-working police departments fully staffed to help our neighborhoods to be as safe as possible.
Robert Jones, M.D. September 17, 2020