Jason Riley on the dishonesty of so much of Left’s response to the George Zimmerman case– and America’s real “racial” (actually cultural) divide. And, note, Riley is himself black, so hopefully won’t be accused of racism:
Any candid debate on race and criminality in the US would have to start with the fact that blacks commit an astoundingly disproportionate number of crimes. African-Americans constitute about 13 per cent of the population, yet between 1976 and 2005 blacks committed more than half of all murders in the US.
The black arrest rate for most offences – including robbery, aggravated assault and property crimes – is typically two to three times their representation in the population…
“High rates of black violence in the late 20th century are a matter of historical fact, not bigoted imagination,” wrote the late Harvard Law professor William Stuntz in The Collapse of American Criminal Justice. “The trends reached their peak not in the land of Jim Crow but in the more civilised North, and not in the age of segregation but in the decades that saw the rise of civil rights for African Americans – and of African American control of city governments.”
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The Left wants to blame these outcomes on racial animus and “the system,” but blacks have long been part of running that system. Black crime and incarceration rates spiked in the 1970s and 80s in cities such as Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia, under black mayors and black police chiefs. Some of the most violent cities in the US today are run by blacks…
Did the perception of black criminality play a role in Martin’s death? We may never know for certain, but we do know that those negative perceptions of young black men are rooted in hard data on who commits crimes. We also know that young black men will not change how they are perceived until they change how they behave.
The homicide rate claiming black victims today is seven times that of whites, and the George Zimmermans of the world are not the reason. About 90 per cent of black murder victims are killed by other blacks.
Is this what triggered the attack on Zimmerman, who then shot Trayvon Martin in self-defence?
MORGAN: You felt that there was no doubt in your mind from what Trayvon was telling you on the phone about the creepy ass cracka and so on, that he absolutely believed that George Zimmerman, this man, you didn’t know who he was at the time, but this man, was pursuing him?
MORGAN: And he was freaked out by it?
JEANTEL: Yes. Definitely after I say may be a rapist, for every boy, for every man, everyâ€”who’s not that kind of way, seeing a grown man following them, would they be creep out?
“And people need to understand, he didn’t want that creepy ass cracker going to his father or girlfriend’s house to go getâ€”mind you, his little brother was there. You knowâ€”now, mind you, I told youâ€”I told Trayvon it might have been a rapist.”