NFL Kneelers Ignoring the Real Problem: Black-on-Black Murder

If they truly cared about black lives...

Players in the National Football League are wearing out their knees in the name of Black Lives Matter and every second they spend with their attention focused on police brutality, which true cases are rare, more black lives are snuffed out by other blacks.

Check out the latest statistics via a Washington Times report:

Using homicide figures from the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report released Sept. 25, Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald found that the number of black homicide victims has jumped by nearly 900 per year since the Black Lives Matter movement took root in 2014.

Meanwhile, the number of blacks killed by police dipped from 259 in 2015 to 233 in 2016, with 2017 so far coming in below both years with 175 deaths as of Oct. 12, according to The Washington Post’s Fatal Force database.

The research shows that as the number of blacks killed by police have dramatically declined, the overall homicide rate has risen by 20 percent.  

“The majority of victims of that homicide surge have been black,” Mac Donald told The Times. “They were killed overwhelmingly by black criminals, not by the police and not by whites.”

“If these wealthy football players really cared about saving black lives, they would support proactive policing and denounce criminality,” added Mac Donald. “When the police back off of proactive policing in high-crime areas, black lives are lost.”

There are various names for what is going on: “the Ferguson effect,” and “the Freddie Gray effect.” As cops were increasingly labeled racist and often targeted with lawsuits and bad press, officers stopped being proactive in high-crime communities which has led to more deaths in the inner cities.

Criminal justice Professor Peter Moskos said city governments, like in Baltimore where six officers were charged with Freddie Gray’s death but later acquitted, are instructing officers to stand down in order to slow the disproportionate number of minorities stopped by police. However, an equal and opposite trend is emerging:

“Few seem to care that minorities are disproportionately affected by the rise in murder.”

As for law enforcement, Mac Donald notes that it’s never been more dangerous to be a police officer in this country:

“A police officer is 18 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop killers over the past decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population.”

It’s clear that these wealthy athletes aren’t going to stand to their feet anytime soon during the national anthem, but it would be nice if they would consider these sobering statistics and stand up for the people they claim to be kneeling for.



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