From To The Point, by Jack Kelly, 12/03/14 –
A black man, Jermaine Jones, 29, was gunned down in the street on the outskirts of Ferguson, Missouri Oct. 18, a few hours after his sister, Margaree Dixson, 35, had been shot half a mile away.
If this is the first you’ve heard about these murders, it’s because their killers also were black.
To most in the news media, “black deaths matter only if the killer is a white cop,” said Italian journalist Enza Ferrerri.
Which doesn’t happen very often. Of 1,265 people killed in St. Louis between 2003 and 2012, 1,138 (89.9%) were black, according to University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist David Klinger, a former police officer.
About 90% of the black decedents (1,025) were slain by other blacks, his research indicates. Thirty two of them were killed by police officers; 22 of those 32 (1.93% of 1,138) by white cops.
Between 1976 and 2011, 7,982 blacks were murdered each year, on average – 94 % by other blacks, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. During that time, some 227 blacks were shot by police each year.
It’s probable that in a few of these police shootings, excessive force was used. So if a consequence of the news media’s obsessive coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, who was black, by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in Ferguson Aug. 9 is more widespread use of bodycams by police, that would be good.
But to assert – as the Obama administration and so many in the news media have – that racially motivated shootings by police are commonplace, and this was one of them – is vile.
Young black males are 21 times more likely to be shot dead by police than are young white males, says Pro Publica. But since more than two thirds of police officers are white, and blacks commit about half of violent crimes, it’s statistically probable most police shootings would involve a white cop and a black suspect.
In St. Louis, black cops have shot black suspects at essentially the same rate as have white cops, Prof. Klinger’s data indicate.
No statistical evidence supports the charge white cops routinely abuse black suspects. But did Officer Wilson use excessive force against Michael Brown? Economist Thomas Sowell (who is black) notes:
“What the grand jury had, that the rest of us did not have until the grand jury’s decision was announced, was a set of physical facts that told a story that was independent of what anybody said.
Moreover, the physical facts were consistent with what a number of black witnesses said under oath, despite expressing fears for their own safety for contradicting what those in the rampaging mobs were saying.”
Despite this, liberal journalists on the “Meet the Press” program last Sunday (11/30) were aghast when National Review’s Rich Lowry said the lesson of Ferguson was, “Don’t fight with a policeman when he stops you and try to take his gun.”
Even if Officer Wilson had been wearing a bodycam, it wouldn’t have mattered to these journalists, who were “too invested in the white-racism morality play to let facts – even videotaped facts – get in the way” said Mona Charen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Even more despicable are those who’ve made excuses for what took place after the grand jury refused to indict Officer Wilson for a crime it was clear he hadn’t committed.
Rioters and looters – who destroyed mostly black businesses and burned down a black church – aren’t “protesters” who are “trying to make their voices heard.” They’re criminals.
“There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars,” former NBA star Charles Barkley told a Philadelphia radio station.
“If the history of other communities ravaged by riots in years past is any indication, there are blacks yet unborn who will be paying the price of these riots for years to come, Mr. Sowell said.
“Inflammatory rhetoric” from the Obama administration “fans racial discord,” said Milwaukee County (Wis) Sheriff David Clarke, who is black.
Charles Hurt at Breitbart calls what’s happened in Ferguson and elsewhere “The Obama Riots.” That’s what history should label them and they are his legacy.
Jack Kelly is a former Marine and Green Beret and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration. He is national security writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.