Jul 12, 201601:16 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Dallas: fire on the police; Madison: fire the police, steal the yard signs
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Who is killing all the young black men?
No doubt that vestigial racism lurks here and there. The case of Philando Castile, shot dead in his automobile outside St. Paul, Minn., is especially egregious. Even there, it appears the police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was motivated more by panic and inexperience than by race. (This story.)
Remember all the rural black churches burning down 20 years ago? Retired football player Reggie White took up the cause. Were the Klansmen night riding again? Turned out that there are thousands of aging wooden churches and, in the law of averages, some of them catch on fire. American police officers are NOT randomly selecting black men for slaughter. Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute reports:
- 40% of all cop killers over the last decade are black
- Police shootings account for 12% of all white and Hispanic homicide victims, while 4% of black homicides come at the hands of police.
The nation’s police killed 987 civilians in 2015. Whites accounted for 50% and blacks 26%. “The black violent crime rate would actually predict that more than 26% of police victims would be black.” — “The danger of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
“Who is killing them?” Mac Donald asks, then answers, “not the police, and not white civilians, but other blacks. … Black males of all ages commit homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined.”
A nation searches for healing and leadership
I don’t disagree with The New York Times’ Patrick Healy, who observes that “no moment in the 2016 presidential campaign has cried out more for a unifying candidate. … And no other moment has revealed more starkly how hard it is for Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton to become that candidate.”
Why is racial discord the problem of the summer [of] 2016? If anyone has what it takes to unify the country over race it is Barack Obama, who is president right now and who had been president for 7½ years. If it makes any sense to be deciding the current presidential election on this issue, if this longed-for capacity is something that can possibly exist, then Barack Obama would be doing it now and would have been doing it for years.
Before you push us to judge whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would do better in bringing us together in racial harmony, Mr. Healy, please say a few words about why President Obama has failed.
Who doubts that race relations in 2016 are the worst they have been since 1968?
A close encounter
The Squire is stopped at a traffic light Saturday on Milwaukee Street on Madison’s east side. His truck is decorated with signs that say “We Support Our Madison Police.”
A car pulls up alongside. “[F-bomb] the po-lice,” a voice shouts. It’s a young black man.
He asks if I’ve seen the East Towne Mall video. Have indeed. I respond that the young lady fought like a wildcat, that there is no right to resist arrest, that if it takes two police to subdue then it takes two police to subdue. If it takes three police … I got up to “if it takes eight police” before the light turned green.
The young black man responded, “Well, thank you for your opinion” in an entirely civil tone and we drove off.
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