From a Politico chat with Rep. Steven Horsford of the Congressional Black Caucus demanding a crackdown on the police.
We have our Asian American brothers and sisters who are being targeted, Latinos who are being targeted, communities who don’t feel safe. And we need to be able to address public safety for everyone. And it may have been Tyre Nichols yesterday; it could be you or anyone else tomorrow.
The trouble is that Asian Americans are largely being targeted by black men, the sort of thugs and career criminals who roam the streets and assault innocent people without a strong police presence and a working criminal justice system that locks them up.
Now the reality is that the vast majority of black people dying violent deaths are being killed by the same folks. The statistics on this have been abundantly clear for years and it’s what everyone knows quite well.
Relatively few unarmed people of any race are killed by police officers. The vast majority are killed by people whom the police and a functioning criminal justice system could have stopped.
Rep. Steven Horsford, like a lot of black Democrats, however, defines public safety as the inability of the police to provide public safety for everyone else. (Including black people.)
Those are two very different definitions of public safety.
And one thing we’ve been doing in the BLM era is trying out the black nationalist model of public safety with pro-crime legislation, decriminalization, revolving door arrests, empty prisons, bail funds and restorative justice.
The crime wave we’re living through is entirely the result of this pro-crime project. And nobody feels safe.
The question is how many people of all races have to die, be beaten, raped, robbed and assaulted for Tyre Nichols, for George Floyd or for any of the other “martyrs” who pop up every few months?
That’s a serious question because we have the numbers on the criminal justice reform death toll.
The Black Lives Matter movement and the allied criminal justice reform movement which opened jails and decriminalized crimes led to a nearly 30% surge in murders in 2020.
3,595 black people were murdered in 2019. But in 2020, 5,839 black people were murdered.
That’s an additional 2,244 black people killed.
3,060 white and Latino people were killed in 2019, which rose to 4,167 in 2020.
Black perpetrators were responsible for 5,832 murders or approximately 50% of the murders despite making up only around 13% of the population.
White people and Latinos who make up 76% of the country accounted for 3,981 homicides or 34%. American Indians were responsible for 116 murders and Asians for only 65 murders.
Again, how many people need to die each year for the sake of the pro-crime version of public safety?
Is 3,000 okay? What about 10,000? Can we just live in a constant ‘purge’ the way so many urban residents already do?
Should thousands of people die every year to make sure that a handful of police brutality deaths don’t occur?
Let’s talk hard numbers.
George Floyd’s drug overdose death while being restrained by police probably killed over 2,000 black people and another 1,000 white and Latinos.
How many thousands should die for Tyre Nichols?
If talking about thousands sounds abstract, let’s get into grimmer statistics.
“In 2020, one out of every 1,000 young Black males (15–34) was shot and killed.”
“More than half of all black teens (15–19) who died in 2020—a staggering 52%—were killed by gun violence,” it shockingly observes.
You want actual genocide? BLM is delivering it. It’s hurting all people, but it’s hitting black people hardest.
I don’t want to live in a police state. Unfortunately, those of us in urban or suburban areas are stuck with one as long as we have a percentage of the population that is relentlessly engaged in crime and violence.
It has nothing to do with racism, systemic or otherwise, just ask those “Asian-American brothers and sisters” who live with this. The only answer anyone has come up with to this is using the police to prevent the worst of it. As unpleasant as that is, the cold hard numbers show what the alternative is.
Thousands of deaths. That can escalate to tens of thousands.
No magical thinking, gun control, root causes, systemic racism or critical race theory is coming to fix this. Maybe rebuilding stable families would work, but that would require fixing our culture which currently celebrates destroying the family. So here we are.
So perhaps the CBC and BLM can tell us how many people they think should die each year.