by Giulio Meotti
Don’t be fooled by what’s going in the US and in some European cities. It has nothing to do with racism, injustice and compassion. It is pure politics on the one hand and a form of mass ideological enslavement on the other.
Above all, it is not about reason, but irrationality.
There are those who fight for positive reasons, believing they will alleviate racism and that they have to correct the wrongs that exist in every democracy. But most people are there because in the pack they feel better off, can defend themselves from attacks and insults, avoid thinking.
I don’t care about all that so I’ll tell you how things are.
The policeman who killed George Floyd will spend the rest of his life in prison. The American system is not the Chinese one, where a policeman who tramples other citizens is given a medal. Unfortunately, anyone who does not submit to the dominant narrative will be called a racist, white supremacist and fascist, and not necessarily in that order.
Black Lives Matter, the movement behind the protests, doesn’t care about blacks. They never protest when blacks are killed by other blacks, although the biggest cause of death in the United States of blacks between the ages of 15 and 45 is … other black men. They have never protested against black slavery markets such as those in Mauritania or when blacks exterminate other blacks as they do in Sudan.
The police are not anti-black, since an average of about 20 percent of the police force in America is black (50 percent in Los Angeles is Hispanic, 60 percent in Atlanta is black as is 33 percent in Philadephia etc). Some of America’s poorest and most violent cities have black mayors, black governors and black councils. Like Baltimore, and Chicago.
In short, reality is not an edifying black and white film.
Reading the outraged media, hearing Obama who embraces the protests, or watching the kneeling members of hypocritical establishments, it would seem that in America racist white policemen have fun going around shooting black unarmed citizens.
Let’s see the facts.
There are hundreds of millions of interactions between the police and civilians in America every year. 1004 people were killed by police hands in 2019. Of these, 235 were black. And of these, 226 were armed. This means that 9 unarmed black citizens were killed by police over a population of 330 million last year. Each of these lost lives is a defeat.
But such as to justify the devastation of cities? The destruction of people’s livelihood? And the accusations of “systematic racism”?
As Heather Mac Donald reports in an article in the Wall Street Journal, blacks represent a quarter of the total number of people killed in police shootings every year, a stable figure since 2015. The answer would seem that this 25 percent demonstrates racism since African Americans are only 13 percent of the American population. Let us look deeper.
There were 7,407 murder victims of color in the United States in 2018, the last year for which final data are available. The 9 unarmed men killed in police shootings are 0.1 percent of those killings. While African Americans are twice as involved in police shootings as their total percentage would seem to justify, they commit 53 percent of the murders and 60 percent of the robberies – well over four times their percentage of the population. And whose fault is that? The fact that life, the system, is unfair? Maybe.
But 55 years of Democratic programs in the fight against racism and poverty have not helped. Nor is the fact that all the cities where the protests take place, including Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed, are almost all Democratic fiefdoms.
In addition, the killing of black citizens by the police is on the wane. Higher numbers were reported under Obama.
But unlike the liberal partisans, we say that it is not anyone’s fault, neither Obama’s nor Trump’s.
Except that liberals must go back to blaming Trump, to see the Mississipi Burning again, to publish articles about the Ku Klux Klan, to dream of racial war to redeem our “sick” society. The real disease, however, is in the mind of the beholder, it is the idea that we are racist and unjust and that we have to pay for who we are.
Liberals love to see the system burning for electoral gains.
Trump has his political game, that is, to close the ranks of white Main Street and others who find the riots frightening and unacceptable. The Democrats have their game, stirring the racial war for electoral purposes. Who loses the game? Society, its decency, our capacity for discernment and culture.
In a society calling itself “open” it is becoming increasingly difficult to say these things without being verbally and physically attacked.
In Bristol, UK, the “anti-racists” tore down a statue of philantropist Colston because he was involved in the slave trade. You have to look at it, at those images of human fury and fanaticism, cultural vengeance and moral irrationality. It is the West’s folly.