The Manufactured Crisis of Police Racism

Presumably our leaders, who have banned church services and even funerals, but who then tolerate (and, in some cases, encourage) #BlackLivesMatter mass gatherings to protest about this “manufactured crisis”, already know the truth. But I didn’t, and my readers might not.

Anti Oligarch

This article is an expanded version of the script for this video.

The United States is in an uproar over the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. There have been demonstrations in over 400 US cities, and looting and arson in every major city. Why are so many people in the streets? Because they believe that American society is systematically racist and that the police brutalize and even casually murder black men.

The media constantly tell people the police are racist, and many people think the gruesome video of the death of George Floyd bears this out. But let’s look at the facts.

Every year, American police officers have about 370 million contacts with civilians. Most of the time nothing happens, but 12 to 13 million times a year, the police make an arrest. How often does this lead to the death of an…

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11 responses to “The Manufactured Crisis of Police Racism

  1. Thanks for posting this John, seems the world is charging on regardless of evidence and statistics.

    Have you ever looked at the BLM website and seen what their demands are? It’s frightening but not unexpected.

  2. Hi John
    I think you should read this by an American pastor
    https://www.dennyburk.com/can-we-weep-with-those-who-weep/
    Love, Chris 

    • Hi Chris

      I read it. It was good. It did me no harm to read it, but I don’t know why you thought I needed to.

      Denny’s piece actually tackles the contradiction between the objective statistics and the subjective plausibility of the false narrative the media are plugging, that the killing of George Floyd is likely to have been racially motivated. Some people need to read that. I already knew what emotions BLM were manipulating.

      I recognised the name Denny Burk. When I tried to sign up to follow that blog, I encountered the message, “Welcome back, John”. But for some reason I hadn’t received a notification of that post. Perhaps I missed one of those awful emails requiring me to confirm that I still wanted to subscribe to the blog when the GDPR came in, and even sites in the USA got paranoid about what the EU would do to them if they continued to process Brits’ personal data.

      I am grateful for your comment and glad to be subscribing to Denny Burk again.

      Love, John

      PS I enjoyed you-know-who’s hedgehog videos the other day.

  3. If the US economy was not, by and large, founded upon a culture that included nationwide slavery and institutionalized racism then maybe such ”over the top” reactions could be regarded in a different light and we would ALL be shaking our heads and asking: ”And what brought THAT on?”
    Statistics such as those featured in the blog post reveal many things but they don’t tell the whole story.

    • After I reblogged this piece, my brother suggested another and arguably much better blog post that I would have reblogged instead if I’d discovered it first. I hope you’ll agree that Denny Burk’s blog post went some way towards (as you put it) telling the whole story:
      https://www.dennyburk.com/can-we-weep-with-those-who-weep/

      However, I suspect it isn’t true to say that there was “nationwide” slavery in the territory that is now the USA. Were there not always free states in the north of what became the Union, in which the doctrine of English Common Law was followed, which has never recognised slavery in domestic law? (See: Somerset v Stewart (1772) 98 ER 499.)

      Protesting peacefully in the USA against unpleasant race relations in the USA and protesting peacefully in the USA against police brutality in the USA are both arguably proportionate reactions to serious wrongs. Protesting that police are brutal towards only black “suspects” (as the police call the victims of their brutality), is based upon a lie, that police brutality is always racially-motivated, rather than brutally authoritarian (and occasionally racially motivated), and that this false generalisation applies worldwide. Rioting as opposed to peaceful protest is always likely to be over the top. Conflating two different issues (both of them important), what you called “institutionalised racism” and what I have called “police brutality”, is what the BLM group has persuaded people to do – people who haven’t thought through the two issues, having regard to their separateness, their independence, and that any alleged correlation between them doesn’t have to mean that police forces everywhere in the word are institutionally racist.

      However, most important, I suspect that the cop who played the major role in killing George Floyd, looks to me to have had a motive for murder, and deliberately to have murdered him. Why? I don’t know. Perhaps the FBI will find out and a background story about the two work colleagues (bouncers at the same nightclub) will be put to the jury when this comes to trial. Let’s hope so. What I don’t believe is that Floyd was murdered merely because he was black, and the cop or cops who killed him just hated all black people.

      Powerful, rich and privileged people support the BLM protests. Weak, poor and deprived people are tricked into disunity by these divide-and-rule tactics of the political class. I fear that very little good, and quite a lot of harm, will come of it.

      • However, I suspect it isn’t true to say that there was “nationwide” slavery in the territory that is now the USA.

        Historically, in the 18th century, slavery existed in all the British colonies of North America. In 1776, slavery was legal throughout the Thirteen Colonies,

        Wiki.

        and that this false generalisation applies worldwide.

        I agree. However, things do not develop in a vacuum and as I pointed out
        the history behind it has served as a catalyst. And if there was not a history of black(African) slavery, institutionalized racism (segregation) the there would not even be an issue.
        Suggesting otherwise is to be willfully ignorant.
        And for the record, I live in South Africa, so perhaps you might appreciate where I’m ‘coming from’?
        I shall pop over and read your link. Thanks.

        • You know more than me about American history, apparently.

          My late wife (who died in 2006) was from South Africa. In my experience, people used to talk about race without embarrassment or political correctness. I remember having many political conversations. The problem was, I never learnt the language. Everybody spoke English, but not at parties, at which the men sat in one room and talked about politics whilst the women sat in another and talked about whatever they talked about. I married again, to another foreigner, this time one whose language is easier to learn.

          Are you an English South African, so-to-speak?

          • No. I am English. I emigrated as a very, naive 21 year old from the UK in ’79. ostensibly to do a 12 moth contract in Johannesburg. I stayed.
            Believe me when I say, I’ve had enough experience of racism to last the rest of my life.

            • I always wanted to visit South Africa, but felt unable to whilst Apartheid was on. I met my second wife in the UK in 2002 and got a reason to visit the country at last.

              Have you read Indecent Exposure and Riotous Assembly, by Tom Sharpe? I read both books out loud to Mpumi in nightly installments, whilst she worked in the kitchen.

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