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There is only one answer to the events that are unfolding around us: Speak the truth. It’s not hard to find. Even the Washington Post sort of stumbled over it. Key quote:
In a year-long study, The Washington Post found that the kind of incidents that have ignited protests in many U.S. communities — most often, white police officers killing unarmed black men — represent less than 4 percent of fatal police shootings. Meanwhile, The Post found that the great majority of people who died at the hands of the police fit at least one of three categories: they were wielding weapons, they were suicidal or mentally troubled, or they ran when officers told them to halt.
There is no war on black lives by the police. There never has been, and a simple look at statistics shows it. It’s obvious why Democrats want to foster this myth. What is so depressing is that Republican politicians are so cowed by the media and charges of “racism” that they are unwilling to publicly and forthrightly challenge it.
If there is war on black lives, it’s being waged by other blacks. In 2014, nearly 6,100 blacks were murdered. Of those, some 2,451 were known to be killed in “single victim/single offender” incidents* and, of those, 90 percent were killed by other blacks. That’s the real war on black lives. And I think everyone really knows it, but they go along with the media narrative for their own cynical reasons.
The true moral rot in our culture is the lack of courage to speak the truth, and it is endemic to both parties. There is only one solution and, fortunately, it is not hard: Start speaking the truth.
It would be a game-changing moment if a Republican leader like Speaker Paul Ryan or Senator Mitch McConnell did it (I know; don’t laugh). Nothing will change until they come to realize that. For there is a point when all the maneuvering, political calculations, and clever positioning no longer matter and only the truth does, even for self-interest politicians. That point happened a long time ago, and here is hoping they finally realize it.
* Editor’s Note: The FBI does not publish similar statistics for other circumstances. For reference, though, about 48 percent of murders in 2014 were known to have been committed by one individual against another, and about 12 percent were known to involve multiple assailants against a single victim, and about 30 percent involve a single victim by an unknown number of assailants. Less than 10 percent of all murders that year involved multiple victims.