Politics

The Democrats’ Black Lives Matter Problem

False racial narratives have created very real racial issues

The Democratic Party’s opportunistic manipulation of identity politics for short-term political gain may in the long run be a catastrophic boomerang. Like Frankenstein’s monster, the Black Lives Matter movement threatens to devour its creator.

“If the platform comes and it doesn’t include a $15 minimum wage or if it’s weak about criminal justice, or if it doesn’t include some real commitments about the police, I think then you will see protests around these issues and forcing the DNC [Democratic National Committee] to act differently,” said DeRay McKesson, a founding member of Black Lives Matter.

Roughly 49 percent of individuals killed by police between May 2013 and April 2015 were white, while 30 percent were black, Moskos reported.

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Fortunately for those Democrats who wish to attend a protest-free convention, the latest draft of the 2016 Democratic platform, released on Friday, includes all of those things. The document’s preamble itself enshrines the lie upon which the Black Lives Matter movement is built. “Democrats will fight to end institutional and systemic racism in our society,” it promises.

But while the DNC may have managed to buy itself enough of a reprieve from the Black Lives Matter movement to ensure Hillary Clinton’s coronation goes unchallenged by the organization, it is sorely mistaken if it believes a few platform concessions will be enough to slay the race-obsessed, hate-filled dragon it has woken.

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The truth is that the Democratic Party can never solve the problems that Black Lives Matter would like it to address, because those problems do not actually exist. This simple fact is what resulted in the creation of Black Lives Matter in the first place, and it will lead only to increased frustration and anger among black activists, and increased headaches for the DNC.

This anger and frustration was on full display during the BET Awards two weeks ago when actor Jesse Williams launched a racially charged, hate-filled rant against America. Also on full display during Williams’ speech was the extent to which liberal lies have been accepted as truth among liberal and black activists.

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“What we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm, and not kill white people every day,” Williams said. Indeed, the fundamental issue for Black Lives Matter is the notion that law-abiding blacks are in ever-present danger from racist white cops. Unfortunately, it’s simply not true.

An April 2015 study by Peter Moskos, assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, found that whites are significantly more likely to die at the hands of police.

Roughly 49 percent of individuals killed by police between May 2013 and April 2015 were white, while 30 percent were black, Moskos reported.

Liberal activists are quick to point out the fact that there are far more whites in the country than blacks. “Yes, more whites than blacks die as a result of an encounter with police, but whites also represent a much bigger chunk of the total population,” PolitiFact said in 2014.

But as Moskos notes, whites may be a bigger chunk of the total population but blacks account for the biggest portion of the criminal population. “If one adjusts for the racial disparity in the homicide rate or the rate at which police are feloniously killed, whites are actually more likely to be killed by police than blacks,” he said.

“Adjusted for the homicide rate, whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks die at the hands of police,” Moskos said. “Adjusted for the racial disparity at which police are feloniously killed, whites are 1.3 times more likely than blacks to die at the hands of police.”

There were 11,961 murders in America in 2014, according to the FBI uniform crime report for that year. There were also 5,173 black “murder offenders” in 2014. That means that a population that makes up less 13 percent of the total U.S. population is responsible for over 43 percent of murders in the country.

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Taking into account the fact that most murders are committed by males between the ages of 18 and 34, who according to the Census Bureau constituted just under half of the total black population in 2013, one can conclude that roughly 6 percent of the U.S. population is responsible for nearly half of all murders committed in America. Given such a context, so-called racial profiling isn’t proof of racism — it’s proof of good policing.

For decades the Democrats have mobilized the black vote with tall tales of racist Republicans, racist cops, and racist America, but one can only peddle lies to the uninformed for so long before they are taken as fact. The problem with believing the Black Lives Matter lie is that it is leading directly to civil unrest.

McKesson’s threat to the DNC is just one example of a movement that is becoming increasingly violent. Williams himself alluded to violence during his diatribe at the BET Awards.

“What’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours,” he said.

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