CNN’s Poppy Harlow interviewed Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke about the recent protests that some in the Black community have sparked after the police related deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Harlow asked the Sheriff, who has been on several news shows like Fox and others, about a tweet he sent out implying that if Black lives mattered, the protesters would be outside abortion clinics because of the high numbers of black babies killed by abortion.
The tweet sent by Sheriff Clarke, a Black man himself, was sent to Mitch Smith, a journalist in the Chicago bureau of The New York Times, which read, “If only these faux protesters were asked by media about all the black on black killing or black babies aborted in US every year.“
While the sheriff has a point, his response could be labeled a “strawman” argument – BLM was originally founded to fight against disproportionate incarcerations of Black people and police shootings of unarmed young Black men. While many positions exist on these two primary topics, many in the press and those who oppose BLM have morphed their mission statement into something completely different. Their own ranks have served to alter their course as well, screaming things like, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” That’s a far cry from their acclaimed initial mission statement.
For many, it is believed that BLM was founded on a series of false narratives. Michael Brown wasn’t standing in place with his hands up and surrendering to Officer Wilson that day in Ferguson, Missouri. That was proven by multiple autopsies and the admittedly false testimony by Brown’s friend. Then Attorney General Eric Holder read and discussed the autopsy results live on air and explained that the original narrative was false – although many people chose not to believe the forensics and facts (or AG Holder), as they were already convinced of their narrative. That’s the problem with social media and a press that lacks integrity – the fake story is out there fanning flames and inciting riots, and then the truth comes out later… and by then, no one cares.
Eric Garner was arrested in NYC and uttered the now-famous, “I can’t breathe” statement that has become the chant and mantra of many BLM protestors. Forensics, again…doggone science…has proven along with video evidence that the chokehold applied to Eric Garner lasted only 7 seconds and he didn’t state the words “I can’t breathe” during that period of time. Officials said that he was overwhelmed due to poor physical conditioning and a heart ailment – which ultimately led to his death after he violently fought police and resisted arrest.
So, “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe” are both fake narratives used to incite a racial divide by people who may be profiting from the fight. And people in droves believe those two statements and their made-up surrounding factors like the Gospel on Sunday.
We as a society can’t sit on the sidelines and attempt to morph an organization’s established mission to fit our own needs or what we think they should prioritize. That’s where the “strawman” criticism of Sheriff Clark originates, I think. BLM was founded to combat a certain element of the criminal justice system and perceived disproportionate convictions.
“If Black Lives Mattered They’d Protest at Abortion Clinics” ~Sheriff David Clarke.
— HoosierDad (@WhosierDad) May 1, 2015
Throwing out, “But what about this (or that)” is unfair on its face. But Clark does have a point.
Black people comprise approximately 13% of the US population, but account for 27.1% of all abortions, according to statistics published by the Guttmacher Institute in 2017. That statistical data was built using percentages per 1,000 women aged 15-44. The rates disclosed for Hispanic women in the same group was 18%, and for white women was 10%. Again, Black people comprise 13% of our population, while people identifying as white or Caucasian amass over 75% of our population.
In total numbers, more than 2,600,000 abortions were performed that year – breaking down to numbers represented by those percentages, that’s (+/-) 703,946 Black babies aborted in a year, or 1,998 per day. 13% of the population is responsible for more than 27% of all abortions.
Many reasons are given for abortions, but “convenience” is never mentioned in the media. Things like medical necessity, rape or incest are hammered home as primary reasons to justify these numbers. The State of Florida disagrees, statistically, with the media narrative and agenda on that one. Statistics out of Florida from 2018 show that only .003% of abortions were completed due to medical issues with the mother or baby. Less than 1% were from rape or incest. The rest were out of convenience.
One of the primary rally cries from BLM is that cops are “murdering” young black men. Even NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio claimed that his mixed-race son has discussed being scared of the police. Obviously, this was a political stunt to pander to minorities for his presidential bid, but I’d think the only thing that young man should ever worry about was waiting times for things he’d ordered online, or if he would score tickets to his favorite artist’s concert.
The statistics, just like with abortion, paint a different picture. A recent study explains this.
And article posted by AFP shows “Recent police shootings of unarmed African-Americans have stirred outrage in the United States and led to the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement. But a study of more than 900 fatal police-involved shootings in 2015 by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Maryland found “no evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities across shootings. We found no relation between the race of the police officer and the race of the person shot,” Joseph Cesario, an associate professor of psychology at MSU and the senior author of the report, told AFP. “White police officers were not more likely to shoot Black citizens than Black police officers were.”
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The misconceived idea that police are out gunning down black people doesn’t hold water, given that in 550 police shootings in 2017, only 93 involved Black people. The remaining 457 people were white or Hispanic. In 2018, there were 458 police shootings, where 399 people were white and 59 were Black. To over-simplify the notion, don’t try to have a gunfight with the police, and comply when ordered; in nearly 100% of the cases involving any race, resisting arrest and attempting to assault officers and then fleeing were involved.
It seems incredible easy not to fight in the first place. Or, if you don’t want to have contact with the police, don’t break the law in the first place. Or, if you don’t want to have to have an abortion, take birth control precautions.
Ironically, every single one of these subjects that have people incensed comes down to taking personal responsibility.