It goes without saying that every time a police officer shoots a suspect, the case should be properly investigated, and in those cases where the shooting was not justified, the officer in question should suffer the consequences. I certainly donâ€™t envy the police the split-second decisions they often have to make that can result in deaths â€“ theirs or someone elseâ€™s. On the other hand, I certainly donâ€™t want to live in a society where the police use excessive or unwarranted, and often deadly, force.
But the raging controversy over the past few months, and often violent agitation under the banner Black Lives Matter, made me reflect (even before the movement has been taken over by Soros activists, Black Panthers and other assorted far-left activists as part of their broader radical agenda) that while black lives matter when taken by the police, they donâ€™t seem to matter as much in a number of other situations.
1)When we talk about abortion
This one is a tricky one, as obviously, without getting too (Bill) Clintonian about it, it depends on what your definition of â€œlivesâ€ is. Those who support the right to abortion, or choice, as they prefer to have it, in general donâ€™t consider the abortees to be living persons; they are clumps of cells, foetuses, things. By contrast, those who are against abortion, in general see babies; they look funny, they are developing in weird and marvellous ways, and for most of their gestation are not viable outside their maternal incubator, but they are very much small live human beings.
If you subscribe to the latter view, the number of black Americans killed by police becomes a statistical blip compared to the Planned Parenthood-sponsored ethnic womb cleansing.
In the United States, African-Americans account for about 13 per cent of the population, but for over 36 per cent of abortions (this is not just a matter of poverty, as black abortion rates are higher at almost every income level). At just over a million abortions per year (the number has been falling for years), this works out to somewhere short of 400,000 black babies aborted over a twelve-month period. All this without hashtags, marches and sit-ins by black activists, who for the most part, I guess, happen to fall into the pro-abortion/choice camp.
2) When Black Lives are also Blue Lives
African-Americans are slightly under-represented in police departments, having 12.2 per cent of officers out of 477,000 policemen across the United States in 2013. That still means that some 58,000 black officers (probably closer to 60 thousand three years later) regularly risk their lives in a thankless but priceless job.
Many of them also get killed in the line of duty. Montrell Jackson was one of the three officers gunned down in an ambush in Baton Rouge in July. He became posthumously famous after a â€œI wonder if this city loves meâ€ Facebook post written days before his death came to life. But heâ€™s not the only one. As far as Iâ€™m aware, no one breaks down police deaths by race, but look at the memorial wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and you will see many African-Americans.
The lives of black police officers are doubly difficult, and the reason why so often their black lives donâ€™t seem to matter. As black officer Jay Stalien wrote in his much shared post earlier this year:
I watched and lived through the crime that took place in the hood. My own black people killing others over nothing. Crack heads and heroin addicts lined the lobby of my building as I shuffled around them to make my way to our 1 bedroom apartment with 6 of us living inside. I wanted to help my community and stop watching the blood of African Americans spilled on the street at the hands of a fellow black man.
They called me ‘Uncle Tom’, and ‘wanna be white boy’, and I couldn’t understand why. My own fellow black men and women attacking me, wishing for my death, wishing for the death of my family. I was so confused, so torn, I couldn’t understand why my own black people would turn against me, when every time they called â€¦I was there. Every time someone diedâ€¦.I was there. Every time they were going through one of the worst moments in their livesâ€¦I was there. So why was I the enemy?
3) When black people kill other black people
In 2013, 2,491 black Americans were murdered in the United States. In 2,245 of these cases the killers were also black Americans (white Americans, by the way, also overwhelmingly kill other white Americans â€“ of 3,005 white murder victims in 2013, 2,509 were killed by other whites). Again, considering they constitute 13 per cent of the population, black Americans kill and are killed vastly out of proportion to their numbers. There are a myriad of suggested causes why African-Americans are over-represented in crime statistics, and everyone on the political spectrum can find causes that fit in with their ideological liking. Whatever the case may be, it is a complex problem with no easy solutions â€“ and no sexy campaigns to be run.
4) When the Democrats are in charge
Most of the major American cities have been run by Democratic Party machines for decades (Detroit, for example, have had Democrat mayors for the past 55 years and has not elected a single Republican to its city council since 1970), with significant input, participation and representation from the black communities. Black deaths from violence, addiction, and other preventable problems are also largely an urban phenomenon. Why canâ€™t the Democrats, who supposedly care about African-Americans a lot more than those racist, bigoted Republicans, actually help African-Americans? What have, in fact, the Democrats actually done for the African-Americans, apart from expanding the welfare state, which has contributed to the disintegration of the black family?
Chicago is another Democrat city; in fact, it epitomises the Democratic Party urban machine. Between 2003 and 2014, some 5,652 Chicagoans were victims of murder, around three quarters of them black. Over the same time, 4,489 American soldiers died in combat in Iraq.
5) In Africa
Perhaps this is rather unfair; after all, most movements have a domestic focus because thatâ€™s the effective limit of the reach of governments they are trying to influence. Butâ€¦ Africa really continues to be the Dark Continent as far as the news coverage and the care factor. For example, in the late 90s and the early years of this century, some 3.8 million Congolese died of violence, disease and starvation as a result of a war that hardly anyone in the West has heard of. The victims of Congo did not have the good fortune to die as a result of an American or an Israeli invasion, so the world didnâ€™t give a shit.