More thoughts on racism

We need law enforcement.
We need the police, and those calling for their defunding and abolishment are very foolish. Unless they are anarchists themselves and want anarchy because that’s what we’ll get without the police. A lot of folks making plans to move out of Minneapolis today.

Being a police officer is a noble calling and a dangerous profession. It comes with a measure of authority and power and certainly some get drunk on that power and abuse it. But police officers are at a much greater risk of being killed by a black man than an unarmed black man is of being killed by the police.

Still, there are bad cops and they should be disciplined, punished, and rooted out. But most are men and women who entered the force to be a force for good, and they are being unjustly tarnished by the bad behavior of a few. In addition, even the good cops can make a mistake and misfire in an intense and threatening situation. I don’t think we can know what it’s like to have to make a split-second, life or death decision when one of the lives endangered is your own, unless we’ve actually experienced it.

So while I acknowledge the reality of police brutality and that the death of George Floyd was a prime example of it, and also that racist cops exist and that Derek Chauvin may be one, I also maintain that painting the whole police system with a broad brush of brutality and racism is a prime example of civil injustice.

And that Democrat-led policies have contributed to poor police performance. So instead of abolishing the police and watching our crime-ridden cities devolve into total anarchy, let’s instead commit to better training for police officers and selection based on qualifications, not race.

Context is king, or, what about the data?
There are a lot of statistics being thrown around by both sides to support our respective positions, but not always in a proper context so they can be misleading. So for example, if you see a stat that says 50% of incarcerated males are black, but they only make up 6% of the population, you might conclude that the criminal justice system is biased against blacks. But if it could be shown that black males commit 50% of violent crimes then it becomes apparent that bias is not to blame.

Whataboutism
Speaking of context, amid all this chaos and destruction and loud demands for justice for George Floyd some are asking, what about all who have been harmed or killed in the rioting and looting? And what about all the unarmed whites who have been killed by police, or all the black civilians who have been murdered by other black civilians? Why are you not protesting and rising up for justice for them?

These questioners are being charged with attempting to negate or dismiss the issue at hand and are being dismissed themselves. But I believe the questions are valid because they provide needed context. If the response to the unjust killing of one black man results in the unjust killings of multiple black men, that should factor in to whether or not the response was appropriate and whether it should be copied in the future. And seeing Floyd’s death in light of all police killings and the far bigger problem of black-on-black homicide puts it in proper perspective and should temper our response to it.

Tomorrow: Black Lives Matter, Fathers matter, and Blacks need to do their part.