As Ben Shapiro is often fond of saying, “facts don’t care about your feelings.” Sadly, this axiom continues to be needed because many people who control our country’s political narratives simply ignore facts.
For example, when referring to the recent shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, President Obama stated:
[A]ll of us, as Americans, should be troubled by these shootings because these are not isolated incidents . . . . They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system.
Several hours before the President made these comments, the Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, rhetorically asked and answered:
Would this have happened if the driver were white; if the passengers were white? I don’t think it would have.
With what basis was such vitriolic, race driven rhetoric against police officers involved in these cases as well as against the entire American police community formed upon? None. No investigation concluded racial biases played a role in these incidents. There is no public evidence that would allow a reasonable person to yield such a conclusion either. While fragmented videos have been released capturing portions of these respective shootings, these clips are arguably not even conclusive enough to prove that these officers committed cold-blooded murder beyond a reasonable doubt, let alone committed such an act due to racial biases. It simply seems quite odd that the same President who, to this day, claims to not know the motivations of the Orlando shootings, is very quick to conclude the motivations of these shootings: racism.
This is far from the first time the political Left has demonized police officers as unjust and racist. Nevertheless, it is imperative for everyone to analyze the validity of such incendiary claims. In other words, is this rhetoric based on facts or a political, ideological narrative? Based on the statements above, as well as countless other statements given by politicians and media members on these shootings, it is quite clear that the left feels that systemic racism exists within America’s police forces.
The facts tell a different story. In 2015, according to statistics found by the Washington Post, white people were killed by cops in nearly two times as many circumstances as black people. In addition, according to a Department of Justice report in 2015 about the Philadelphia Police Department, and a study conducted University of Pennsylvania criminologist Gary Ridgeway in 2015, black police officers are over 3 times more likely to use their gun at crime scenes than white officers. Many other such statistics, which disprove the feelings that American police officers are racist killers, are cited by Heather Mac Donald in her book The War on Cops. In the end, there will always be bad apples within any organization or community, police officers included; nevertheless, it is foolish to conclude anything about these recent police shootings until further evidence is brought to light.