Stats Prove Black Lives Matter Movement is a Lie

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All reasonable and informed people know that the  “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” refrain Is best described as one of the creation myths of the Black Lives Matter movement. What about the argument that has grown the movement to the point at which seemingly every Democrat supports it? Are African Americans being gunned down by police is vastly disproportionate numbers and is the explanation for this white racism? Statistics prove the answer  is no.

The Washington Post maintains an online database of people in America who have been shot and killed by police in 2016. As of the morning on September 23, 2016, 173 of 707 total deaths have been African American. This means that 24% of those who lost their lives are black. African Americans constitute 13% of the U.S. population. The 24% figure therefore cannot be considered vastly disproportionate.

How can we account for the 11% differential. Is white racism to blame? FBI crime statistics prove that African Americans commit well 50% of serious crime in the nation. (Here we have a true vastly disproportionate number.) Since blacks represent only 13% of the populace, it means there is a great deal of per capita criminality in the African American community. Since people who commit crimes have more encounters with police, and therefore a greater chance of being shot by the police, the 24% figure actually seems lower than what one would expect.

Law enforcement is, of course, well aware that crime is rampant in many African American dominated neighborhoods. It is as a consequence that police presence in such neighborhoods is much higher than in many areas in which blacks are in the minority. A large number of police patrolling African American neighborhoods means more interactions between blacks and police and is another reason for there to be an increased chance of blacks being shot by the police. This is another fact that moves one to see the 24% number as surprisingly small.

Another explanation for the 11% is cultural. Even a cursory examination of video evidence available on the Web uncovers the fact that a significant percentage of black Americans do not seem to realize that it is against the law to disobey a lawful order from a police officer. To few African Americans appear to understand that they must comply with any directive issued by a police officer as along as doing so does not force them to break the law and the failure to do so immediately makes them guilty of disorderly conduct and subject to lawful arrest. Rather than comply with police officers instructions, blacks many times adopt a combative attitude in encounters with law enforcement officers. If one goes looking for a fight with a policeman or policewoman she or he is likely to find it. Serious conflicts can easily turn violent and any violent confrontation with law enforcement has the potential to turn into a deadly shooting.

In both total number killed and percentage of the whole, the numbers for African Americans of those shot and killed by police so far this year represents an improvement over last year. Yet Black Lives Matter activists continue to tell  us that blacks are being “hunted down” by police and are justifiably afraid to walk down the street. Rhetoric like that spouted by the Black Lives Matter movement, which reflects the belief erroneous that most police are racists and out to get them, only serves to fuel the hostility African Americans feel and express toward law enforcement and therefore puts blacks at a greater risk of being shot by police. If the members of the Black Lives Matter movement truly cared about black lives, they would be concentrating their efforts on reforming the African American community in such a way as to make it more law abiding, raise public awareness within the community about the legal obligation to comply with the directives of police officers and combat the fallacious narrative that police are the enemies of African Americans.

If you found this post interesting you will also want to read: “A White American’s Response to Actor Jesse Williams’ Racist and Nonsensical Speech About Race at the BET Awards.”

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A White American’s Response to Actor Jesse Williams’ Racist and Nonsensical Speech About Race at the BET Awards

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In 2016 Americans have become so cowardly that we now largely allow racist and nonsensical comments such as those uttered by Jesse Williams at the 2016 Bet Awards to stand without a response. I am not afraid to call out Williams on his racism and nonsense.

Below is found selected excerpts from his speech in quotes and italics. My comments follow each quoted passage.

“Peace peace. Thank you, Debra. Thank you, BET.”

The Black Entertainment Network is a cable television network created for black people which caters specifically to black people and one assumes it is staffed almost solely by black people. BET was founded and operates on a racist and segregationist premise. The BET awards is a racist and segregationist awards show because only black people are eligible for its awards and it is presumably only black people who vote on the awards. The night he gave his speech, Williams accepted a racist and segregationist award. It was fitting that, as will be shown below, in a number of respects his acceptance speech was racist and segregationist as well. I cannot leave the topic of BET without mentioning that it stands as a prime example of the type of double standard that permeates most every aspect of the view of racism and race held by the typical African American. We can all imagine the reaction of black America to a WET.

“A thank you Nate Parker, Harry ohm and Debbie Allen a for participating in that. Ohm before we get into it, I just want to say you know I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them a for being here, for teaching me ohm to focus on comprehension over career, that they a make sure I learn what the schools were afraid to teach us.”

Mere seconds into his speech, Williams proved that he does not deserve to be looked at as the leader and role model of his people that he obviously desires to be as a consequence of his bad command of the English language.

More important is Williams’ contention that the educational system is apparently involved in some vast right-wing conspiracy to hide the truth from African Americans out of a fear of something or other. It is probably safe to assume that eighty percent of educators in the U.S. are on the Left politically. Therefore for Williams’ to believe that educators are doing anything other than bending over backwards to accommodate African Americans curriculum wise means at least one of two things must be true. He may just be unintelligent. If this is the case he would be far from the first himbo actor who looks like a male model and has acting chops but little brains. Perhaps he is so blinded by his own racialized worldview that he cannot see the truth when it comes to issues connected to race. Maybe both are true.

“Now, this award – this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country – the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. Alright.”

Was Williams referring to the same “teachers” who work in schools that do not teach the “truth” to African Americans? The system Williams’ refers to as being set up to “keep down” African Americans allowed him, a person of color, to become one of the most beloved and rich actors in the entertainment industry. A majority white nation made him a television star and allows him to live a luxurious lifestyle. It is astonishing that a person could have so little self-awareness that he cannot see that his own life disproves the concept of a system designed to make black people unsuccessful in the U.S.

Could it be possible that when making his speech Williams forgot who has occupied the Oval Office for the last almost eight years? Does he not understand that a majority white electorate gave Barack Obama two election victories not despite but because of his race? The fact that Obama became president itself shows that Williams’ view of the “system” is laughable.

One does not have to look hard to find additional evidence. From the moment an African American child in need is born, she or he benefits from federal, state and local government assistance. An African American child who graduates from high school with just an average grade point average will be handed a full scholarship to most any college or university she or he wishes to attend for no other reason then race. An African American college graduate who completed her or his degree with just an average grade point average will be offered a full scholarship to almost any graduate school one might chose simply do to her or his race.

Once an African American begins her or his working career, she or he will usually find it easy sledding. This is because every entity of a good size that employs people has affirmative action quotas and is desperate to fill them. African Americans will be often hired over more qualified whites because diversity policies demand it.

Once an African American gets her or his foot in the door, she or he will usually quickly become acquainted with two realities. One is that it is almost impossible for an African American to get fired unless she or he does something along the lines of committing a felony or stops showing up to work. Employers are often so terrified of being accused of racism and being sued that African Americans who cannot do their work are many times allowed to continue to collect a pay check and the responsibility for their work falls to others.

An African American who performs as well as the average worker will be many times be quickly promoted even if it means being pushed ahead of more qualified whites. Affirmative action policies are in place for every wrung of the workplace ladder.

It is safe to assume that although educational and workplace affirmative action meets the dictionary definition of racism, Williams supports both because they benefit people of color.

“Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.”

This was one of the few parts of Williams’s remarks that deserves praise. Peer reviewed research has long shown that children who are born to married parents and grow up with a mother and a father in the household are many times more likely to grow up to be productive members of society. Unfortunately, around seventy-five percent of African American children are born out of wedlock. The percentage of African American boys who grow up with no positive male role model in the house is about the same. Although Williams apparently recognizes illegitimacy as a problem in the African American community, what he fails to understand is that it, and not whites or a corrupt racist system, is the most significant problem facing African Americans.

“Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people every day.”

The reason why police officers find it easier “to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people” is because the black community seems to assume that all cops are racists and out to get them. It is no wonder that even a cursory examination of video evidence uncovers the fact that African Americans often adopt a combative attitude in encounters with law enforcement officers. If one goes looking for a fight with a policeman she or he is likely to find it.

Another problem is that a large number of African Americans do not seem to realize that it is against the law to disobey a lawful order from a police officer. To few African Americans appear to understand that they must comply with any directive issued by a police officer as along as doing so does not force them to break the law and the failure to do so immediately makes them guilty of disorderly conduct and subject to lawful arrest.

Rhetoric like that used by Williams in the speech only serves to fuel the problems between African Americans and law enforcement. Williams is a part of the problem.

“So what’s gonna happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.”

I would respond to this if I could figure out what the heck he is talking about.

“Now… I got more y’all…”

By reinforcing the notion that speaking in “black English” is acceptable, Williams is setting back the African American community.

“Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t wanna hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich.”

Tamir Rice’s shooting is explained not by race but by the fact that at the time he was shot he was holding a toy gun that was indistinguishable from the real thing. How did he get hold of such an object?  How is it that he was never taught not to wave such a thing around on a city street. Were Rice’s parents married when he was born? Were they married when he was shot?

“Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better than it is to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt.”

The Rekia Boyd killing was what is referred to as a “bad shooting” by law enforcement officers. However, there is no evidence to suggest that it had anything to do with race. The fact that Williams thinks otherwise for no reason besides the cop was white and the victim black proves that Williams is a racist.

If Williams really believes that someone stole into Sandra Bland’s cell to murder her and her death was not a suicide by hanging then he truly is a himbo. The Hunt shooting just happened. Williams should reserve judgment until all the facts come out.

The Eric Garner situation deserves in depth comment. It is true if a choke hold had not been placed on Eric Gardner he likely would not have died at the hands of the police that day. However, people like Williams conveniently fail to mention several other facts surrounding the case when speaking on Gardner. If Gardner had not violently resisted arrest after informing the law enforcement officers on the scene that he planned to do so he would still be alive. If he had not been in terrible health he would likely not have lost his life even if a choke hold had been utilized to subdue him. If Gardner had not been illegally selling cigarettes in public, something which had been habitually guilty of, he would not have died while being taken into custody.

This last point brings to mind what is the second biggest problem facing the African American community. This is the penchant for breaking the law. Africans American’s make up about thirteen percent of the population in the U.S. but commit about 50 percent of the serious crimes in the nation. Rather than work to reform the African American community from within and work to make African Americans more law-abiding, people like Williams blame black crime on whites and argue that convicted African Americans should receive less jail time.

Were Boyd, Garner, Bland and Hunt born to parents who were married and remained married until each grew to adulthood?

“Now the thing is, though, all of us in here gettin’ money – that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to gettin’ money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.”

Might he have been drunk when he gave his speech?

“There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t leveed against us – and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.”

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What conditions did Williams have to meet to become beloved, rich and famous that a white entertainer does not have to meet? What conditions did Barack Obama have to meet before he could become president that a white candidate does not have to meet?

Who is “she”? Did he think someone was standing on the stage next to him? Did Williams have a drink in his hand when he accepted his award?

 “Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.”

Churches have made more of a positive contribution to the  lives of African Americans than any other institution. Here Williams runs them down. This is most unfortunate for those African American criminals I wrote of earlier because it would do them well to have religion in their lives.

“And let’s get, let’s get a couple things straight, just a little side note – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.”

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Does Williams find himself brutalized when living in his mansion, riding in limos and eating in the finest restaurants?

He is commanding people like me to shut up. This is yet another example of the Left trying to win politically by silencing all those who disagree with them.

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“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo,…”

A majority white America has given Williams a lifestyle of the rich and famous. He is not owed anything.

“We’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.”

Does Williams believe, as does the Nation of Islam, that white people were created in a lab and engineered to be evil?

The last part of this passage touches upon the infuriating concept of cultural appropriation. I have two questions I would love to have answered. Is Williams guilty of cultural appropriation when he wears a business suit or communicates using the English language? Are black people who play classical music, tennis or golf committing cultural appropriation?

“The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. Thank you.”

I grateful to Williams for disabusing me of the notion that black people were figments of my imagination.

By referring to African Americans as “magic,” Williams is implying that people of other races are non-magical. In other words, he means that by nature of their biology, black people are racially superior to other people.

The victimhood narrative pedaled by Williams is a cancer upon African Americans. Rather than be given a Humanitarian Award, Williams should be viewed as a person who is harming is own race.

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Commentary on Marcus Owens’ Claims About Being the Victim of a Hate Crime Being Proven to be Lies

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On Monday, news broke that University of Iowa student, Marcus Owens, who earlier this month claimed he was the victim of an anti-African American hate crime, has admitted his assertions were untrue. I blogged about Owens back on May 8 and posted why I was suspicious of his claim to victimhood. (See: https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/why-i-suspect-the-recent-iowa-hate-crime-might-be-a-hoax/) This new development in the Owens’ story is worthy of a new blog post.

Why I Cannot Forgive Marcus Owens

Owens did not reverse himself because he realized it was the ethical course of action. He only acknowledged the truth only after being confronted by the Iowa City Police with the evidence of what really happened to him on April 30 and May 1.

I wish I could write that I was young and stupid once and so forgive Owens. I cannot do so as a consequence of how he has handled the situation since being shown to be a liar.

What Really Happened to Marcus Owens

Owens did not, as he had maintained, step outside of Eden Lounge at around 10:45 PM on April 30 and thereafter suffer a beating at the hands of three white men who singled him out because he was black. Security camera footage and eye-witness statements tell a different story.

Owens first stepped through the door of the Eden Lounge at 11:45 PM. At 1: 35 AM his blood-alcohol level was about.175, or over twice the legal limit. It was also at 1:35 AM that Owens was a participant in a large bar fight that had nothing to do with race. As a consequence of his role in this conflict, he was kicked out of the bar. Next he tried to reenter. (We all know the type of person who gets drunk in a bar, gets into a violent encounter, is ejected from the premises and then tries to force his way back in.)

At 1:41 AM Owens was out on the street near the bar and throwing punches in yet another fight. At 1:44 AM he was punching in a third fight. According to one media source: “All the [security camera] footage [from both the Eden Lounge and the public street] show Owens acting aggressively, shoving and pushing and yelling.” Iowa City police Capt. Troy Kelsay stated: “Marcus was not the victim of an assault. Marcus was an active participant, and even an instigator, in three separate physical confrontations or assaults that occurred at [or near the time of the] bar[‘s] close.”

All three conflicts arose from disputes between members of the Pi Kappa Alpha and Kappa Sigma fraternities. Race had nothing to do with anything that occurred during those early morning hours.

The Truth Comes Out

Before going public with the findings of their investigation, the police reported what had been learned to Owens’ lawyer, Leon Spies. (I am sure the fact that Owens hired a lawyer right after having made his false hate crime report was a red flag to law enforcement.)

Owens had made public statements to numerous media outlets in support of his tale of having suffered a racially motivated attack. Once his statements had been shown to be untrue, he should have been man enough to make a public admission of his untrue remarks and made public apologies to the Iowa City Police, the people of Iowa City, the F.B.I. (which became involved in the case) and University of Iowa. Instead his lawyer issued a statement on behalf of the Owens family.

Statement from the Owens Family

It read: “Marcus Owens and the entire Owens family would like to issue their deepest apologies to Marcus’s friends, the Iowa City community, the University of Iowa, and the Iowa City Police Department [the F.B.I. should have been mentioned but was not] for the misunderstandings and anxiety stemming from Marcus’s involvement in a violent incident [the reader will recall that there were actually three incidents] in downtown Iowa City on May 1.” To refer to Owens’ dishonest claims as a “misunderstanding” is outrageous.

The statement continued: “Upon learning more details of the case, and while racial slurs served to fuel the violence, Marcus now knows that his account of events was inconsistent with police findings, in part due to alcohol being involved, his embarrassment at his behavior, as well as the injuries he sustained.” According to Iowa City police, a single racial slur was uttered during one of the three fights in which Owens “was an active participant, and even an instigator….” This means that one of the white people that Owens was trying to beat up while in an intoxicated rage became angry at him and used an ugly word. By claiming that this ugly word “served to fuel the violence” the Owens family is blaming one of Marcus’ victims in this case. In referring to “alcohol being involved” the family is seeking to partially absolve Owens by saying he was drunk. This is complete nonsense. It is not uncommon for a person who is very intoxicated to forget something that happen to them. However, I do not believe there has ever been a case of a person getting drunk and incorrectly recalling they had been the victim of a hate crime. The phrase “his embarrassment at his behavior” begs for an explanation. According to one news report: “Multiple witnesses told police Owens was worried about how he would explain his injuries to his family.” I can only assume that the “injuries he sustained” passage is meant to suggest that Owens’ memory might have become fogged about what occurred on May 1 as a result of them. To this I say b.s.!

The statement continued: “In light of this, it was concluded that this incident was not a hate crime as originally believed, but rather a case of excessive underage drinking and extremely poor judgment on the part of many people, Marcus included.” The implication here appears to be that Marcus himself legitimately believed that he had been the victim of a hate crime until the police told him this was not the case. This is a cowardly and sickening remark. The reference to “excessive underage drinking and extremely poor judgment on the part of many people” represents a further attempt to blame Marcus’ victims for what he is responsible for doing.

The last part of the statement read: “Again, we would like to apologize and thank the University (especially President Bruce Harreld and his staff) and the Iowa City Police Department [the F.B.I. is again left out] for their attention, sensitivity, diligence in investigating this matter, and in thoroughly addressing our many concerns. Just as we have learned many life-changing lessons, we hope too that the community will continue to examine the many issues raised by this unfortunate incident. – Marcus Owens and The Owens Family” I do not know what “issues [have been] raised by this unfortunate incident” other than to reinforce the notion making false claims about hate crimes has become commonplace.

Black Privilege and the “Blond, Blue-Eyed White Female”

Iowa City authorities and the Iowa City police have stated that Owens will not be prosecuted for filing a false police report, underage drinking, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, being the aggressor in the fights and, in the words of the police, “beating the snot out of” another person. He will likewise not be pursued in civil court to recoup expenses incurred during the investigation of his false claims. (Did Marcus lie to the F.B.I.?) I chalk this up to Black Privilege.

When speaking to the media during the first week in May, Marcus’ uncle, Darrell Owens, complained about the fact that when Marcus contacted the University of Iowa police to file his false report he was referred to the Iowa City police who had legal jurisdiction over the area in which Marcus claimed he was assaulted. Darrell argued that if a “blond, blue-eyed white female [had] come in after being assaulted, I think there would be zero chance that they would have given the same response.” If a “blond, blue-eyed white female” had committed all of the misdeeds Marcus has you can be sure she would now be facing criminal prosecution and be forced to repay Iowa City for all costs incurred investigating her spurious claims.

The Moral of the Story Is…

The next time you read a story about a member of a minority group claiming to be a victim of a hate crime remember that they only very rarely happen in today’s United States. Remember, also, Marcus Owens, Tawana Brawley, the University of Albany bus case, the anti-gay cake hoax…

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