October 1, 2020

The George Floyd Riots: Where’s Black Lives Matter When You Need Them?

Black lives matter. Black businesses, not so much.

Four Minneapolis cops were summarily fired, with one of the four arrested and charged with the murder of a black suspect named George Floyd, who died in police custody.

In cellphone video apparently taken by one of the many witnesses, a cop later identified as Derek Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as Floyd laid face-down and handcuffed on a city street. The cops ignored Floyd’s repeated plea, “I can’t breathe.” By the time paramedics arrived, Floyd was unresponsive and apparently lifeless. After about an hour of attempted resuscitation by EMTs and emergency room staff, he was pronounced dead.

As of this writing, there have been eight consecutive days of protests in the streets of Minneapolis, with many businesses attacked, looted and set on fire. The local district attorney is continuing the investigation and may file additional charges against the officers. But this has not stopped the protests, many violent, that broke out in other cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.

Ostensibly, the protests are about the alleged “epidemic” of “widespread” and “race-based” police brutality against blacks and the lack of confidence, in the case of Floyd, that justice will be done. The problem with these assertions is that they are false, not supported by the data.

There is no “epidemic” of racist cops killing black suspects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, police killings of blacks declined almost 80% from the late ’60s through the 2010s, while police killings of whites have flatlined. Meanwhile, in 2017, according to the CDC’s National Vital Statistics Reports, non-Hispanic blacks were eight times more likely to be a victim of a homicide (homicide death rate: 23.2 per 100,000) than non-Hispanic whites (homicide death rate: 2.9 per 100,000).

The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young white men is accidents, like car accidents and drownings. The No. 1 reason for death, preventable or otherwise for young black men, is homicide, almost always at the hands of another young black man. In 2018, there were approximately 7,400 black homicide victims, more than half of the nation’s total number of homicides, out of a black population of 13%. Of that number, the police killed a little over 200 blacks, and nearly all of them had a weapon or violently resisted arrest.

In recent years, the police have averaged killing about 1,000 Americans per year. Of that number, half are white and one-quarter are black, with the race of remaining suspects of another race or unknown. Of the approximately 1,000 killed by cops, less than 4% involve a white officer and an unarmed black man.

Recent studies not only find no “systemic” abuse of black suspects by the cops, but if anything, cops are more hesitant, more reluctant, to use deadly force against a black suspect than against a white suspect. The Manhattan Institute’s Heather MacDonald writes: “Regarding threats to blacks from the police: A police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.” Last year, according to the Washington Post, the police killed nine unarmed blacks. They killed 19 unarmed whites. In recent years, about 50 cops have been shot and killed annually in the line of duty. So, more cops are killed each year than are unarmed black suspects.

Minneapolis in 2020 is not Birmingham, Alabama, in the ’50s. The top cop is not a racist segregationist like Birmingham’s infamous Bull Connor, who sicced dogs and turned water hoses on civil rights protesters. The police chief of Minneapolis is Mexican-American and black. The mayor is a young Democratic liberal. The district’s U.S. House representative is black. The vice president of the city council is black, as is the state attorney general.

In Baltimore, where in 2015, a black man named Freddie Gray died in police custody, how could one, with a straight face, argue that resident blacks suffer from “institutional” racism? The mayor was a black female; the top two officials in the police department were black; the city council was majority black; the state attorney who brought the charges against six officers was black; three of the six charged officers were black; the judge before whom two officers tried their cases was black; the U.S. attorney general was black, as was the president of the United States. Institutional racism?

Finally, why didn’t President Barack Obama’s administration deal with this alleged “systemic” or “structural” or “institutional” police brutality against blacks in his eight years in office? Meanwhile, over Memorial Day weekend in Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago, 10 people were killed, and 49 were shot. In a city where roughly one-third of the population is black, 70% of the city’s homicide victims, according to the Chicago Police Department, are black.

When and where do the protests begin?

Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. His latest book, “The New Trump Standard,” is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @LarryElder. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

COPYRIGHT 2020 LAURENCE A. ELDER

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24 Responses

  1. Finally honest reporting of a nonexistent problem. This is a situation propagated by the racist black community and the Liberal Socialistic Democratic party propaganda.

  2. WTF! You never hear these stats on MSM! If you did, you would see some Dem mayors being ousted …. or at least they should be!

  3. The interesting fact here is, as Mr. Elder points out, is that the majority of the black homicides are committed by other blacks. So, who’s the racist here?

    1. Sgt. Preston, You are so very correct!!!!! The majority of black killings are committed by blacks!!!!!! I support the police!!!!! #All lives matter!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I don’t see any honor at all about the protest honoring George Floyd or race issues he resisted arrest and finely relackeds Then started up again. The Autopsy showed that he had drugs in his system and that by itself Could kill you and he tested positive for COVID-19 so that’s another situation to so now the police officers may have it and anybody around him may have it. In my opinion the protest was just a way to loot and kill police officers and anybody else in their way. Who will answer for all the looting shooting and killing the officers and other people. Paid for by George Soros yes

  5. obama did nothing in 2014 when Eric Garner was killed, he could had started reform but instead served eights year and did NOTHING, no one called him out, but comes out and speaks against the President. Really!

    1. obama? DID NOTHNG xcept play gold,¿f, have parties with celebs ands wing it his entire 8 years, just, sucking in the money honey. Oh wait and dividing the country pitting blacks against whites. NOW, THAT, he was exceptionally good at.

  6. All though i don’t agree with the police officer holding Floyd down by his knee on his neck for 9mins, i also don’t believe in a scheduled rioting in multiple cities. It is wrong just to riot, causing fires, death, severe injuries, stealing, vandalism, causing multi millions of dollars. It’s wrong and people were bused to locations that they have any idea about the area, but are there to cause chaos, damage, loss of life and pain not caring anything about what they’ve done. KARMA will very them in the end, they will NOT make it to the wholly GATES if ETERNAL LIFE.

  7. Obama did not want to do anything because fundamentally his objective was to change the USA into a socialist Country. He laid the on going ground work with the politicization of the DOJ, FBI, Intelligence that worked very hard to get the man elected to drain the swamp overthrown. The problems we have today largely rest on Obama’s shoulders because in his first year he stated the Cambridge, MA officer (white) who arrested a black man acted stupidly. If anyone acted stupidly it was Obama. As usual now he fans the flames of hatred because that is all he has in his heart and head for this Country, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  8. Black on black crime is worse than any thing else. The police have a tough job and are under a microscope every minute. No murder should go unpunished but justice goes slowly. The rioters, looters, arsonists and murderers all must be brought to justice, tried and punished. Many minority businesses are gone now, there life dream crushed by thugs who could care less. Unfortunately, the democrats run these states and cities that are burning down and they sit on their hands while blaming everyone else. It’s the democrats who allowed this to happen by not taking a law and order stand. Political correctness is bulls**t, it will destroy a civil society then there will nothing except chaos.

  9. AMEN AMEN I had said that these liberal demrats governors and mayors are the ones to blame NOT OUR PRESIDENT THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD THE GONADS TO PUT A STOP TO ALL THE RIOTING BEFORE IT EVER GOT TO THE POINT IT DID BUT BUT we all know these parasite governors & mayors will never take blame when it is easier to blame our president then get on t.v. & talk shows about how bad the president is you parasites should be held accountable for your part in doing nothing you should not get paid one penny of wages all your wages should go to repairing all the damage that was done because of your ignorance and your hate for our president TRUMP 2020 TRUMP 2020 TRUMP 2020 TRUMP 2020

  10. Larry Elders, I’m white lady, 80 years old, born in W-S, NC, Christian all my life, church every Sunday, taught Jesus loves all children of the world, red, yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, it’s the heart that is different. Larry I’ve love you from beginning of knowing you. Thank you, Thank you. There is no difference in skin color, It’s what is in your heart. Keep up your good works. I pray God blesses you really good and drive out evil all over the world. In Jesus Name Amen

  11. The Dems talk about the evils of racism, while they openly promote racism in their own party. They are insisting that the vice president be a Black woman. No whites need apply, especially white men. This is gender discrimination. So why aren’t whites and men in the Democrat party up in arms? I guess they are sacrificing their self respect for the good of the party.

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