Saturday, July 20, 2013

More On Trayvon Martin, Profiling & The Canard Of The "White" Menace To Blacks (Updated)

This from Bill Whittle, making the point that George Zimmerman is being lynched by the race grievance industry while painting a fact based picture of Trayvon Martin the likes of which we have never gotten from the MSM.

In my post below, responding to the race grievance industry's (and Obama's) generalized complaints about racial profiling, I wrote:

In 2011, blacks made up 13% of the population. Yet according to FBI Crime Statistics, in not a single category of crime - with the exception of DUI - was the number of total criminal incidents committed by blacks equal to or below their proportionate representation in society. In 2011, blacks in the U.S. were responsible for 49.7% of all murders, 55.6% of all robberies, 32.9% of all forcible rapes, and 33.9% of all aggravated assaults. The FBI does not publish - or at least I could not find - like statistics for victims, but looking at the numbers, blacks were just as likely to be the victims of crime out of all proportion to their representation in society. In 2011, 49.9% of all murder victims were black.

According to the left, this "disproportionate problem," as Obama called it, of criminality in the black community is the problem of . . . [wait for it] . . . a racist criminal justice system. They never quite indicate whether they think all of the black men in jail are actually innocent or whether the police just spend too much time catching actual black criminals. Either way, this from Heather McDonald:

The criminal law regularly announces that black Americans are “worth less than other Americans,” Cardozo Law School professor Ekow Yankah wrote on the New York Times opinion page this week. It wasn’t activists who “injected” race into the discussion, scoffed The American Prospect’s Jamelle Bouie on Monday, the “criminal-justice system” is “already” racial. An e-mail alert on Wednesday from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School proclaimed: “An ugly truth rears its head again: Racial disparities are alive and well in our criminal-justice system.”

The idea that the criminal-justice system discriminates against blacks — and that this bias explains blacks’ disproportionate presence in custody — is a staple of civil-rights activism and of the academic Left. Every effort to prove it empirically, however, has come up short [See Is The Criminal Justice System Racist]. A 1994 Justice Department survey of felony cases from the country’s 75 largest urban areas discovered that blacks actually had a lower chance of prosecution following a felony than whites did and that they were less likely to be found guilty at trial. Alfred Blumstein has found that blacks are underrepresented in prison for homicide compared with their arrest rates. A meta-analysis of charging and sentencing studies showed that “large racial differences in criminal offending,” not racism, explained why more blacks were in prison proportionately than whites and for longer terms, according to criminologists Robert Sampson and Janet Lauritsen.

This is not merely something the left and the race grievance industry want to studiously ignore. They want to use the Martin trial to push the utter canard that what blacks have most to worry about are racist whites out to stalk and kill them. In the dark fantasy that the race hustlers push, our nation is 1950's Mississippi writ large. That is why they are so deeply committed to painting George Zimmerman as not merely Bull Conner reborn, but as a metaphor for all "whites." But, as Ms. McDonald notes:

In fact, if a black parent wants to radically reduce his son’s chance of getting shot, he should live in a white neighborhood. New York’s crime profile is typical of urban-crime disparities across the country. The per capita shooting rate in predominantly black Brownsville, Brooklyn, is 81 times higher than that of predominantly white and Asian Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, according to the New York Police Department. Blacks in 2012 committed about 75 percent of all shootings in New York, and whites a little over 2 percent, though blacks are 23 percent of the city’s population and whites 35 percent. Blacks are 60 percent of the city’s homicide victims. Their killers? They aren’t white.

The picture is the same nationally. . . .

Update: The Faculty Lounge blog has an exceptional post up on Zimmerman's calls to police over a period years, with the vast majority being in his capacity of neighborhood watch. Evaluating whether Trayvon Martin was subject, in any degree, to "racial profiling" is made easier in respect to the entire log of Zimmerman's calls. The picture the log paints of Zimmerman is of someone who was racially neutral - which would fit with his life story - and who in fact keyed on aspects of suspicious behavior by people of any and all races.

- Zimmerman called police on three occasions to report people identified as black acting suspiciously, one of whom was Trayvon.

- Zimmerman called police twice when he noticed a man who fit the description of a person wanted for burglary. The man happened to be black - and indeed, the burgler in question.

- Zimmerman called police out of "concern for the safety" of a seven year old black child wandering unsupervised in the road.

- Zimmerman called police five times to report suspicious activity by whites and hispanics.

Do read the whole post for much more detail, particularly into what actions Zimmerman reasonably deemed suspicious. This provides another piece of the puzzle of which I was unaware. Many blacks describe the Zimmerman case as a replay of the brutal lynching of Emmett Till. They are right, though it seems that the more facts come to light, the more it appears that Zimmerman is the one being brutally lynched.

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