Protests coming to a city near you? Knowing that every ‘peaceful’ protest right now has devolved into massive rioting, why would ANY protest be okay? Knowing the business destruction, hospitalizations shootings, and police deaths, why would any protest be authorized today! It is insanity knowing that each and every protest has ultimately led to full scale looting, fires, and complete chaos. And yet, here I am reading that my fair city will be the next victim as of today.
Black Lives Matter has captioned a protest that will begin at 2pm and continue without end… We have video after video of the resultant outcome – business owners attempting to secure their stores beaten, looted, and dropped. How many innocent people must be butchered in order for Black Lives to feel vindicated?
According to the BLM website, their main call to action is to ‘defund all police across the nation’. What exactly could this possibly accomplish? We can clearly see the lawlessness and chaos that has now consumed NYC, St Louis, Baltimore, Minneapolis, etc… Police – STAND DOWN.
Do Black Lives matter? Yes! All lives matter – but statistics reveal that it isn’t about racism at all – it is about behavior.
Each and every year the statistics are the same, blacks account for 52.5% of all homicides despite representing just 12% of the population. Is that racism? Or is it behavior?
Given whites have a higher rate of death by police, why aren’t they protesting?
Simply providing the number of blacks vs whites ‘killed by police officers’ in any given year is a ridiculous statistic as it makes absolutely no reference to a crime or the circumstances! Between 2015 and 2019, blacks represented 26% of police killings while whites represented 50%. When adjusted for crime rates, blacks are thus greater than 50% LESS likely to die by police shooting.
The problem with any statistics in this realm of discussion is that a true representation of crime compared to ethnicity is not available. Records do not adequately provide the ‘nature’ of the encounter. The underlying factors, the crime committed, the circumstances, are not a part of FBI data. Did the person assault the officer? Did the person attempt to escape? What was the toxicity of the person and did the toxicity contribute to death? Were they a gang member? Where did the shooting take place? What was the ethnic makeup of the neighborhood?
None of these factors are traceable. And all these factors are statistically relevant.
There are good cops and bad cops. There are good black people and bad black people. Good white people and bad white people. Claiming that ALL police should be eradicated has as much merit as saying all black people are bad. It is a ridiculous statement.
What does a protest accomplish? What does a riot accomplish?
Protests: a form of physically voicing an opinion. Does it change anything? Rarely, it is more of a placebo.
Riots: a lawless form of destruction and chaos with the sole purpose of violence. Victims are typically innocent. Property and livelihoods are the target. Does it change anything? It promotes hatred.
Who pays for the destruction caused by rioters? Insurance companies may or may not cover the cost – some do and some don’t leaving the business owner or homeowner responsible. In addition, any claim against insurance increases rates, even if the person was not responsible. Ultimately, the victim pays.
What is the behavior mechanism that creates criminality?
For the most part environment is the core – a persons values are a direct relation to their peers and parenting. The ever exhaustive means of fixing the problem has been ground out time and time again and yet its implementation has not. Why? Because it means taking responsibility instead of exacting blame. Blame is much easier.
The psychology of crime begins in childhood. For some, gangs are essentially their parents instilling values and ethics. Estimates range from 65-70% of black children live in a single parent household compared to 24% of whites. The statistic is routinely ignored because it represents blame – therefore the statistic does not change! In fact it gets worse.
Even Obama recognized the failure of black men to support their children emotionally is the basis of criminal degeneration. “I believe the continuing struggles of so many boys and young men—the fact that too many of them are falling by the wayside, dropping out, unemployed, involved in negative behavior, going to jail, being profiled—this is a moral issue for our country,” said Obama
According to psychology studies – “father-absence was the strongest indicator of delinquency, even more so than low socioeconomic status or peer pressure. There is also evidence that fatherless children have lower self-esteem, a greater risk for mental illness and suicide, and increased risk of depression.”
So what will these protests actually accomplish to help pull black lives out of criminal behavior activity? What will ‘defunding the police do to save black lives?
NOTHING. Absolutely – nothing.