In honor of Black History Month, President Biden screened the 2022 film, “Till,” at the White House (view the trailer above). The president’s reaction was startling and demands a Black History Month reality check.
If you’re not familiar with this ugly 1955 incident, Emmett Till was a fourteen year old African American young man beaten to death by two white men for the offense of flirting with one of the assailant’s wife.
The men were acquitted of the homicide. But later, they admitted to the crime in a Look Magazine article (for which they were paid $4000) knowing that they couldn’t be tried again because of double jeopardy laws.
Mr. Till’s mother insisted on an open casket funeral so the world could see what the men did to her son. It was gruesome … and became a well-justified catalyst for civil rights reforms in the U.S.
The crime is universally condemned in America today, which leads us to the president’s dishonest reaction:
“Lynched for simply being black, nothing more. With white crowds, white families gathered to celebrate the spectacle, taking pictures of the bodies and mailing them as postcards. Hard to believe, but that’s what was done. And some people still want to do that.”
And some people still want to do that? Who, exactly?
Such an ugly charge demands specificity. Who are these murderer-wannabe’s to whom the president refers?
Sure, there is no shortage of deranged people living in this country who reside at both ends of the political spectrum. But President Biden’s intent was to demagogue, to further divide us along racial lines, when hard data doesn’t support his charge.
His assertion demands a Black History Month reality check. Let’s look at the data and see where, in fact, African-Americans DO face incredible discrimination, and where they don’t.
Is U.S. policing in a death spiral?
This is the question posed by Heather MacDonald in a recent essay. Unlike the president, Ms. MacDonald cites hard data to get an objective assessment of the extent of the problem when it comes to the treatment of Black men by the cops. She presented this data in the immediate aftermath of the death of George Floyd in a piece in the Wall Street Journal. Here are excerpts:
- In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous.
- African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015.
- In 2018 … African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.
- The police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019, according to a Washington Post database, down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015.
- In 2018 there were 7,407 black homicide victims. Assuming a comparable number of victims last year , those nine unarmed black victims of police shootings represent 0.1% of all African-Americans killed in 2019.
- By contrast, a police officer is 18½ times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.
When asked if he believes there is “systemic racism in law enforcement” by CBS managing editor, Nora O’Donnell, the president quickly responded, “Absolutely.”
The data refutes the president
And yet the data just doesn’t concur, as Heather MacDonald further explains in the Prager University video below:
Did you know?
A police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.
Many have tried, all have failed, to demonstrate that the police are "racist." pic.twitter.com/MUgiKf7G1w
— PragerU (@prageru) February 3, 2020
As readers of this blog know, policing isn’t our issue, but sanctity of life issues are. So here’s where our Black History Reality Check kicks in. The most insidious form of racism affecting the Black community is indisputable: abortion.
The Black Lives Matter movement is animated by perceived racial injustice, an important issue. To pro-life groups like Pulse Life Advocates, the issue is grounded in the injustice directed toward unborn Black babies. They have been disproportionately harmed by the aftermath of the Roe v Wade decision, evidenced by a precipitous drop in the Black fertility rate.
Who are the “undesirable populations?”
Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger, believed in Eugenics to forcibly reduce “dysgenic” populations through segregation and sterilization.
Dysgenic refers to groups of people that have a detrimental effect on future generations.
The late Supreme Court justice, Ruth Ginsberg, made a telling admission in 2009:
“Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations we don’t want to have too many of.”
Think about the racist implications of that statement.
One of the attorneys who successfully argued Roe v Wade before the Supreme Court, Ron Weddington, was upfront about the desired outcome of Roe. Writing to then-president, Bill Clinton, he acknowledged the ugly bigotry at the core of abortion:
“I don’t think you are going to go very far in reforming the country until we have a better educated, healthier, wealthier population…. Start immediately to eliminate [emphasis ours] the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country [through abortion]…. There, I’ve said it. It’s what we all know is true, but we only whisper it, because as liberals who believe in individual rights, we view any program which might treat the disadvantaged differently as discriminatory, mean-spirited and…well…so Republican. Our survival depends upon our developing a population where everyone contributes. We don’t need more cannon fodder. We don’t need more parishioners. We don’t need more cheap labor. We don’t need more poor babies.”
So here’s the Black History Month reality check:
The same people who foment racial division in the U.S. based on a false narrative that cops target Blacks are the same people who have successfully foisted abortion on an unsuspecting community who now abort 40% of their own babies.
At the time Roe was decided, the Black fertility rate was 2.3. Today, it’s 1.8. Replacement is 2.1, so the Black population in the U.S. is dying.
The death of Emmett Till was a tragedy.
The death of 20 million aborted Black babies is a genocide.