If the Black Lives Matter movement is predicated on anything resembling facts, logic, or reality, a new Harvard study will be the end of that misbegotten organization. For the first time, a study – carried out by a liberal, aimed at proving BLM right – has concluded that police are no more likely to shoot a black man than a white man. In fact, Roland Fryer’s study shows that whites are actually more likely to get shot in a police encounter.
“It is the most surprising result of my career,” said Fryer. The African-American professor said that instead of protesting, he wanted to use science to prove that blacks were being targeted by police. “I decided that I was going to collect a bunch of data and try to understand what really is going on when it comes to racial differences in police use of force.”
He and his researchers turned their attention to 1,332 police shootings in Houston, Dallas, Orlando, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, and four other Florida counties from 2000 to 2015. The result? In cases where they had not been attacked, officers more frequently opened fire on white suspects than their black counterparts. In cases where they were attacked, officers were 20% less likely to shoot black suspects.
Overall, there was nothing to indicate that police were more likely to shoot black suspects than white suspects.
Now…doesn’t this invalidate everything that we have been told for the last two years straight? In a fair world, wouldn’t this study be the lead story on every major network tonight? Shouldn’t everyone from Al Sharpton to Barack Obama release statements in the coming days, apologizing to the country for buying into a fictional narrative?
But we all know that’s not going to happen, don’t we? We know this because the facts about the Michael Brown case did not get rid of the “hands up, don’t shoot” chants. We know this because we know Black Lives Matter, as a subsidiary of Liberalism, Inc., is interested in sewing racial dissent, not in solving problems. And we know this because the New York Times was already moving the goalposts before they were done reporting the results of the study.
After acknowledging the uncomfortable part of Fryer’s study, the Times insisted that the real problem has nothing to do with police shootings. The real problem (all of a sudden) is nonlethal force.
“And in these uses of force, Mr. Fryer found racial differences, which is in accord with public perception and other studies,” they wrote.
You can almost hear the sigh of relief coming from the editorial board.
Excess police brutality, with or without a racial component, is an issue worth talking about.
But before we do, we’re going to need to gather on common ground. A ground made up of facts, not suspicions. A ground made up of data, not grainy videos. A ground made up of truth, not lies.
After this study, it’s up to BLM activists and their political champions to make the first move. Admit you were wrong. Stop telling vulnerable, desperate minorities that police officers are murderous racists. Stop selling divisive, dangerous lies. Prove that you actually care about making progress.
Then – and only then – can we talk about reform.