Blacks vs. Police – Kneelers Should Take a Look at the Statistics

by Walter E. Williams,

3 Fatally Shot In Chicago
737 people have been shot and killed by police this year in the United States. Of that number, there were 329 whites, 165 blacks, 112 Hispanics, 24 members of other races and 107 people whose race was unknown.
Walter E.Williams
Walter E.Williams

U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- Let's throw out a few numbers so we can put in perspective the NFL players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Many say they are protesting against police treatment of blacks and racial discrimination. We might ask just how much sense their protest makes.

According to The Washington Post, 737 people have been shot and killed by police this year in the United States. Of that number, there were 329 whites, 165 blacks, 112 Hispanics, 24 members of other races and 107 people whose race was unknown. In Illinois, home to one of our most dangerous cities — Chicago — 18 people have been shot and killed by police this year. In the city itself, police have shot and killed 10 people and shot and wounded 10 others. Somebody should ask the kneeling black NFL players why they are protesting this kind of killing in the Windy City and ignoring other sources of black death.

Here are the Chicago numbers for the ignored deaths. So far in 2017, there have been 533 murders and 2,880 shootings. On average, a person is shot every two hours and 17 minutes and murdered every 12 1/2 hours. In 2016, when Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee, Chicago witnessed 806 murders and 4,379 shootings. It turns out that most of the murder victims are black. Adding to the tragedy is the fact that Chicago has a 12.7 percent murder clearance rate. That means that when a black person is murdered, his perpetrator is found and charged with his murder less than 13 percent of the time.

Similar statistics regarding police killing blacks versus blacks killing blacks apply to many of our predominantly black urban centers, such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, St. Louis and Oakland. Many Americans, including me, see the black NFL player protest of police brutality as pathetic, useless showboating. Seeing as these players have made no open protest against the thousands of blacks being murdered and maimed by blacks, they must view it as trivial in comparison with the police killings. Most of the police killings fit into the category of justified homicide.

NFL players are not by themselves. How much condemnation do black politicians, civil rights leaders and liberal whites give to the wanton black homicides in our cities? When have you heard them condemning the very low clearance rate, whereby most black murderers get away with murder? Do you believe they would be just as silent if it were the Ku Klux Klan committing the murders?

What's to blame for this mayhem? If you ask an intellectual, a leftist or an academic in a sociology or psychology department, he will tell you that it is caused by poverty, discrimination and a lack of opportunities. But the black murder rate and other crime statistics in the 1940s and '50s were not nearly so high as they are now. I wonder whether your intellectual, leftist or academic would explain that we had less black poverty, less racial discrimination and far greater opportunities for blacks during earlier periods than we do today. He'd have to be an unrepentant idiot to make such an utterance.

So what can be done? Black people need to find new heroes. Right now, at least in terms of the support given, their heroes are criminals such as Baltimore's Freddie Gray, Ferguson's Michael Brown and Florida's Trayvon Martin. Black support tends to go toward the criminals in the community rather than to the overwhelming number of people in the community who are law-abiding. That needs to end. What also needs to end is the lack of respect for and cooperation with police officers. Some police are crooked, but black people are likelier to be victims of violent confrontations with police officers than whites simply because blacks commit more violent crimes than whites per capita.

For a race of people, these crime statistics are by no means flattering, but if something good is to be done about it, we cannot fall prey to the blame games that black politicians, black NFL players, civil rights leaders and white liberals want to play. If their vision is accepted, we can expect little improvement of the status quo.

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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The reason so many murders go unsolved is the reluctance of blacks speaking up about what they saw happen or what they have heard from others close to the crime.
The phrase “Snitch’s get Stitch’s” is rampant in their neighborhood and many keep their mouth shut and won’t talk to the cops.
Good article, more folks need to see it.

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You expect those low IQ players to look at stats? Look at this stat, over 600 of all NFL players have long criminal records. If not for the crazy cash they get for running fast after a small bit of brown leather most have already commuted more heinous crimes and been in jail by now

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tomcat

The squeaky wheel gets the grease and that old phrase fits them very well. The louder they squeal the more it pushes things their way. They are only 12 or 13 % of the population of this country but they make the most noise. Time to change the way things are divided and given to people.

Good article Mr. Williams.

hijinx60
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hijinx60

I don’t believe that these black liberals will listen to any facts from a white man. I recently asked a black man why he was a democrat since the KKK, Jim Crow laws, etc. were democrat instigated. He shrugged his shoulders and just walked away.

biggatto
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biggatto

Why is it so hard to get the truth out there? Or is it that the truth is not actually wanted? Great article, thanks for calling it as you see it.

VE Veteran - Old Man's Club
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VE Veteran - Old Man's Club

One quick answer to his question of “Who’s to blame” – Lyndon Baines Johnson and his “Great Society Program.” he said “I’ll have them n***ers voting Democrat for the next 70 years.” And there it is!

subguy
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subguy

The NFL has perished from my thoughts. I will NEVER watch another game, even on TV.

Dan Schwager
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Dan Schwager

They don’t care about the truth. he do what ever the Democrat Party wan’t.

Shotgun Willie
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Shotgun Willie

This is an extremely well written article. Shining a light on some stark realitys that need to be exposed. If you can’t stand for the National Anthem of the greatest country on earth then why are you staying here? Of the 1200 some odd football players over half of them are felons! Be gone with football!!! Stupid sport anyway sever injurys long term brain damage come on!!

TOM CLAYCOMB III
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TOM CLAYCOMB III

Great article sir.

rappini
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rappini

Mr Williams we will spread the word, but as you know liberals could care less about facts.