"In NYC 2011, 515 people were victims of homicide. 62% were black 319 dead black people). Of the known murderers of those black people, 83% were black.
Conversely, there a grand total of 40 people killed by law enforcement officers in NYC. 44% of those shot were white. 33% of those shot were Hispanic. 22% (9 people) were black. 67% of the black people shot had first fired on the cops."
So if the topic is police brutality or police overreaction...why is it always about 'black'? ANd if its because 'black lives matter', why is it only about 'police brutality' taking the lives of black people, not blacks taking the lives of black people?
To me...that is why the race issue in this country is played out and why frankly...I dont give a ****. I think I'm like a large number of people. I work too hard and just dont have the time to care about the color of a persons skin. For anything. If cops shoot someone for running around pointing even a toy gun at people, unless that toy gun is obviously a clown gun...then I will allow a few seconds of sadness for the family of the stupid person carrying the toy gun and I will allow sadness for the cop who's life has been forever altered by the decisions of the stupid person carrying the toy gun, but at the end of the day...dont carry a toy gun and point it at people, especially a cop, and you are probably going to be fine...I dont care what race you are.
Same goes for thugs of all race, gender, or religious denomination. I dont care. I just dont. Mike Brown is dead because he was stupid. I know we disagree, but Eric Garner is dead because he was stupid. Tamir Rice is dead because he was stupid. John Crawford is dead because he was stupid.
Levar Jones was shot because the cop was stupid. That should carry a civil consequence at least and quite possibly a criminal charge.
In all of those instances...I dont see race. I dont see racism. I dont see racist cops. And I only see one instance where the shooting was not justified. If there is an 'institutional problem' then it should be viewed, but again...at the same time you are viewing the institution of policing, you have to view the facts regarding the black population and the statistics involving violent criminal activity. Cops are more likely to intervene with black people. Black people are more likely to commit violent criminal activity. It kinda goes hand in hand.
We have a preponderance of people bitching about police activity (and far too many of them crying racism). We are sadly lacking in people calling for positive change both for and within the black community.
Stupidity on the part of the victim is not a just reason that we should excuse the actions of those who killed them.
It is also very offensive to the people who still value their memories of the dead
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