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It is true that young black men are being killed disproportionately — killed brutally, ruthlessly, and unjustly. And we need to talk about it if we hope to put an end to it.
We have data, and that data has been studied carefully. We know, based on that, that police are not the ones doing the killing. We know, based on that data, that police do not disproportionately kill young black men.
We also know that, overwhelmingly, young black men are the victims of other young black men — that young black men are both killers and victims at a vastly higher rate than are other groups in the United States.
It isn’t ambiguous. It isn’t even close. It isn’t subject to misinterpretation. It’s simply the truth.
And we have to talk about it.
Because what the activists of BLM and their ilk are saying — that the police are the problem — is simply incorrect: they are speaking out of ignorance, or greed, or some other motive. But they’re wrong, and it’s easy to demonstrate that they’re wrong.
And every day that we spend ignoring the actual, demonstrable problem of violence among black Americans, is a day we can’t spend identifying and solving that problem.
And every day that we spend weakening and marginalizing the police is a day spent making the problem worse, because it is more policing, not less, that is required to reduce crime in our black communities.
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