It should be a bipartisan truism that black lives matter both in word and in deed. Unfortunately neither party gets it right. The Democrat sin is to not act as if black lives matter. The Republican sin is not to speak as if black lives matter. All in all, I find the GOP error less disgusting and wrong but it is wrong.
In 2013, 14,196 people were murdered or became victims of non-negligent manislaughter. Not all law enforcement forces collect racial statistics so out of the 12,253 murders with race of victim attached, 6,261 were black victims. This is the largest racial grouping of all. The US population is 13.2% black. 77.7% of the country is white.
By any normal standards, this represents a horrible tragedy and a tremendous opportunity. If the if the 5,537 murders of whites represented a proportional 77.7% of murders, we would have had 7,126 murders in the US in total and the racially identifiable black total would be 941. Something is terribly wrong when we have 5,320 black murders excess of population percentage and this happens year after year.
We have massive protests about police shooting blacks and having those shootings inappropriately ruled justified. Putting aside the merits of any individual cases, The total number of people killed by police in 2013 was 461. Justifiable homicides by non-police civilians was 281 in 2013. We can say with confidence that the vast majority of excess black deaths do not have anything to do with trigger happy racist whites who get away with it because the criminal justice system doesn’t think that black lives matter. The numbers to justify the left wing activist story line just aren’t there. At most this would reduce the carnage by 742, and let’s not kid ourselves, there are a lot of non-blacks in those justified homicide numbers.
No community needs vigorous law enforcement to keep them safe more than the black community. No community needs full out school reform to improve educational outcomes and increase economic opportunity more than the black community. No community needs regulatory reform to unleash economic activity more than the black community. The GOP has a compelling case to make on all three issues and it’s been like this for decades. So why isn’t the case being made? Why aren’t the Democratic demagogues who shout out that black lives matter but are advocating policies that are objectively anti-black being persistently called on it? It’s a mystery that every year helps perpetuate a lot of extra black funerals.