FBI crime figures paint a very different picture of crime & policing than this weekend’s demonstrations suggest

Hard Data, Hollow Protests

The FBI released its official crime tally for 2016 today, and the data flies in the face of the rhetoric that professional athletes rehearsed in revived Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend.  Nearly 900 additional blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide-victim total to 7,881. Those 7,881 “black bodies,” in the parlance of Ta-Nehisi Coates, are 1,305 more than the number of white victims (which in this case includes most Hispanics) for the same period, though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation’s population. The increase in black homicide deaths last year comes on top of a previous 900-victim increase between 2014 and 2015.

Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks. In 2016, the police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority armed and dangerous, according to the Washington Post. The Post categorized only 16 black male victims of police shootings as “unarmed.” That classification masks assaults against officers and violent resistance to arrest. Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. That 18.5 ratio undoubtedly worsened in 2016, in light of the 53 percent increase in gun murders of officers—committed vastly and disproportionately by black males. Among all homicide suspects whose race was known, white killers of blacks numbered only 243. 

  • Hard Little Machine

    Just roll back police activity 90% in those areas. That’s what they want, and no one wants to go to work against an entire community that wants to kill them. That’s what the army is for.

    • Clausewitz

      Cut it back 100%. build a wall, call Snake Plisken when necessary.

  • bob e

    I think the nationwide NFL protest was about the killing of the “community heroin dealer”. Not these black stacks of bodies killed in gang related affairs.
    Blacks do what they want. The law, you, me are institutionally racist ..

  • Norman_In_New_York

    And how many fatal police shootings of blacks were carried out by black police officers?

  • JoKeR

    Thug Lives Matter! But not to me….. 🙂

  • deplorabledave

    According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, sometimes called the Nation’s Report Card, nationally, most black 12th-graders’ test scores are either basic or below basic in reading, writing, math and science. “Below basic” is the score received when a student is unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of knowledge and skills fundamental for proficient work at his grade level. “Basic” indicates only partial mastery. Put another way, the average black 12th-grader has the academic achievement level of the average white seventh- or eighth-grader. In some cities, there’s even a larger achievement gap.

    • Liberal Progressive

      That proves systemic racism.

      We must put a stop to this difference by bringing in a law to prevent teaching any white students any studies beyond Grade 7 so all can be equal!

      • deplorabledave


      • Clausewitz

        Black culture in the education system is somewhat problematic. Let’s put out a national ban on Oreo cookies.