How can ‘black lives’ matter when they don’t even matter to black America? Despite comprising for 13% of the population, black Americans account for one-third of all assaults and rapes, as well as 50% of all robberies and murders. These are staggering statistics that far outweigh the most petty slights and misrepresentations. Even more damning, African Americans are responsible for over 90% of all black homicides. Considering the KKK lynched roughly 3,500 blacks in 86 years – an unforgivable number in any context – what’s the significance and collective outrage when 8,000 African Americans die at the hands of their own brethren each year? Whether you’re killed at the hands of a white cop or a black stranger, intentionally or not, how does it make it anymore discriminatory or less tragic? Of course that’s completely disregarding the realization approximately twice as many whites are killed – some justified, some not – annually by police; and all without one mass protest or riot. Apparently common sense…not arguing with, running from, or assaulting law enforcement…is too difficult of a solution to comprehend because these “victims” feel the insatiable need to escape the consequences of their “lawful” actions. If race is truly the culprit, not culture, why is a police officer 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black American than a cop killing an unarmed black person? Because facts matter.
Does police brutality exist? Of course it does. And all cases should be treated with the utmost concern and diligence. But there are far more cops dedicated to serving their communities with honor and dignity by doing their jobs the right way, than those abusive agents who have zero regard for people’s safety or the rule of law. Perhaps the next time a suspected incident of excessive force garners national attention, elected leaders and media activists will consciously choose to act like adults by waiting for the facts to be divulged, due process completed, before recklessly stoking the fires of racial animosity for political gain and prime time fame. If a lot more of our youth complied with the simple instructions of law enforcement and actually put their “hands up” to fight in a court of law, a lot more “statistics” would be alive today to tell their side of the story. And God willing there would be no other story to tell than that of a routine traffic stop, ticket or arrest. Our men and women in uniform come from all walks of life and risk their lives daily for our protection; not to fulfill a racial vendetta that could ultimately cost them their lives or their freedom.
When death is exploited solely as a platform to demand financial and political concessions, rather than working tirelessly to avoid future tragedies and address the true source of urban decay – the broken black family, an erosion of basic values, a systemic cultural disdain for authority, and an absentee work ethic – nothing will change except the names and dates. If ‘black lives matter’, and all inherently should, it seems that statement serves more as a hypocritical oath than a grounded truth. After all, nearly 500,000 black babies were aborted last year and no one batted an eye. Truth, unlike victimization propaganda and racist banter, does not require ‘safe spaces’ from accountability. It merely requires an inescapable dose of reality.