BLM’s False Narrative

The below article is by my former professor at Ashland University Mackubin Owens and appeared in the Providence Journal.  It is an excellent article on the false narrative of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Mackubin Thomas Owens: The dishonest Black Lives Matter movement



Posted Jul. 19, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani got himself in hot water recently when he claimed that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is racist. He didn’t go far enough. He should have added that BLM is fraudulent and hypocritical, and that it has contributed to a rise in violent crime.

It is fraudulent because it is based on a false narrative: that blacks are targeted by racist cops who are predisposed to kill innocent young black men. But the facts do not support the widely accepted narrative. The Washington Post recently investigated this claim and showed its falsity. Less than 4 percent of fatal police shootings involved white police officers killing unarmed black men.

According to the Post story, police fatally shot 965 people in 2015; 494 were white and 258 were black. Of that total, 564 were armed with a gun, 281 were armed with another weapon, and 90 were unarmed. The Post found that in three quarters of the shootings the police were defending themselves or someone else, and that the great majority of people who died at the hands of the police were either wielding weapons, were suicidal or mentally troubled, or ran when ordered to halt.

Although police killed nearly twice as many whites as blacks in 2015, 40 percent of unarmed individuals killed by police were black males — even though this demographic comprises only 6 percent of the U.S. population. But this is somewhat misleading; violent criminals are disproportionately black males, committing homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined. That police shootings don’t align precisely with demographics is explained by the fact that the police tend to operate in high-crime areas which tend, unfortunately, to be poor, urban and black.

The hypocrisy of BLM arises from the fact that the major threat to a young black male in the United States is not the police but other young black males: criminals and gangbangers are responsible for the high black homicide death rate. According to Bureau of Justice figures, in 2012-13, 62 percent of violent crimes against black Americans were committed by other black Americans. In 2014, 5,500 of the 6,095 black American homicide victims were killed by other black Americans.

If BLM were really concerned with black lives, it would focus its attention to the problems of the black community that lead to the high homicide rates of young black males. The dysfunction goes far beyond poverty, which is a symptom rather than a cause: the breakup of the black family and the proliferation of fatherless black males. Today, 72 percent of black babies are born to single mothers. Several years ago, Kweisi Mfume, then head of the NAACP, told an interviewer that the main challenge facing the black community was not white racism but fatherless black males. Yet federal government policies dating from the mid-1960s have had the effect of making black fathers superfluous.

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