RACE RELATIONS IN AMERICA

“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote of thy brother’s eye.’’

There is a palpable hardening in the polarisation of the moral values stakes with regard to almost everything in the political domain  — refugees, Aboriginals, free speech, same sex marriage, mining, global warming, gender offensive language and religion.

This was again put on display recently from the same left sources over the riots after the shooting of the young black man Michael Brown by Darren Wilson of the Ferguson police in Missouri.

Theodore Dalrymple, following the valiant comments by ex New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani and many others to explain the reality of the so-called racist motivations of white police, observes the same dangerous righteousness in France too. He reports on the leading Left wing journal Liberation where the journalists there “think not with their brains but with their skins”.

The figures speak for themselves, and whilst confusing for ideologues who are more interested in theory than fact, they have a sobering reality about them. Dalrymple explains: 

When demonstrators held up placards saying “Black lives matter’’, they did not mean those 5375 blacks murdered last year, overwhelmingly by other blacks  … What they meant was that black lives matter when they are ended by whites, especially by policemen.

Here the figures are indeed startling, though also instructive. Between 1980 and 2008, about 12,000 people were killed by the US police (and 2000 policemen were killed). White officers killed twice as many white suspects or felons as they killed black; black officers killed nearly four times as many black suspects or felons as they killed whites.

More than a quarter of blacks killed by police — about 1300 of 4500 — were killed by black officers; and as black officers represent only a sixth of the force, a black man should therefore be warier of a black policeman than a white.

Dalrymple points out that this condescension by Liberation towards the “objects of its sympathies, is itself outright racist”.

He concludes:

For if Brown had been shot by a black policeman in similar circumstances, the case would not have merited a line.

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