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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Links: "Black Lives Matter"

Black Lives Matter Activist Hijacks Orlando Shooting Vigil, Complains About White Attendees - "“I was really nervous to get up here because there’s a lot of white people in the crowd” said the activist, while audience members nervously laughed. “That wasn’t a joke” she added. “I wish this many people came out to our racial demonstrations and our Black Lives Matter movements. I don’t want to stand up here and be angry, because this isn’t for me, this isn’t for you, it’s for the people that we lost, and the people that we lose tomorrow, and the people that lost yesterday. But I thought I’d take a moment to list out some facts that many of you probably don’t know because you’re white”. The activist, who would better be described as a protester, then went on to complain about racial tensions in America and belittle the audience that was grieving for the loss of nearly 50 lives."

The Myths of Black Lives Matter - WSJ - "Police officers—of all races—are also disproportionately endangered by black assailants. Over the past decade, according to FBI data, 40% of cop killers have been black. Officers are killed by blacks at a rate 2.5 times higher than the rate at which blacks are killed by police. Some may find evidence of police bias in the fact that blacks make up 26% of the police-shooting victims, compared with their 13% representation in the national population. But as residents of poor black neighborhoods know too well, violent crimes are disproportionately committed by blacks. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, blacks were charged with 62% of all robberies, 57% of murders and 45% of assaults in the 75 largest U.S. counties in 2009, though they made up roughly 15% of the population there... The Black Lives Matter movement claims that white officers are especially prone to shooting innocent blacks due to racial bias, but this too is a myth. A March 2015 Justice Department report on the Philadelphia Police Department found that black and Hispanic officers were much more likely than white officers to shoot blacks based on “threat misperception”—that is, the mistaken belief that a civilian is armed... it is a scandal that outrage is heaped less on the dysfunctional culture that produces so many victims than on the police officers who try to protect them."

Detroit man who murdered two white teens declares 'black lives matter' during sentencing
What does it say when a convicted murderer takes up the cry?

Bill Clinton’s in trouble for telling the truth to Black Lives Matter - "He defended the old term “super predator” as an accurate description of gang leaders who prey on kids — not realizing that the phrase has been deemed dehumanizing (gang leaders are very sensitive to such microaggressions). Instead of denouncing the police as agents of systemic racism, he defended sending more of them into the streets. And by using the phrase “black lives” in the context of blacks killing other blacks, he signaled he doesn’t get that the only approved use of the slogan is as a bludgeon against the criminal justice system... From 1976 to 2005, blacks were 47 percent of murder victims. Bill Clinton’s talk of kids wasn’t just pulling at the heartstrings. During the crack epidemic in Washington, DC, about 500 kids were shot and stabbed in a roughly two-year period. Since their communities suffered so grievously from drug crime, black Democrats supported important legislative elements of the crackdown on drug offenses from the 1970s onward. Yet the war on drugs wasn’t the main driver of the remarkable 30-year rise in incarceration, from roughly 300,000 to more than 1.6 million. According to John Pfaff of Fordham Law School, less than 20 percent of the inmates in state prisons (they house most US prisoners) are there primarily on drug charges. The vast majority are guilty of violent or property offenses."
As per CNN: "The protesters shouted that "black youth are not super predators," taking issue with a phrase then-first lady Hillary Clinton used in a 1996 speech about violent crime committed by young people. They heckled Bill Clinton for the 1994 crime bill he signed into law as president that cracked down on gangs but also put more non-violent offenders in prison for longer stays. "You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter," the former president told protesters... Clinton repeatedly said, "I love protesters" -- but complained that they wouldn't let him respond. "Here's the thing. I like protesters, but the ones that won't let you answer are afraid of the truth. That's a simple rule," Clinton said.

Study: Black Lives Matter Wrong about Police - "The kinds of shootings that launched the Black Lives Matter movement — white police officers killing unarmed black men — represent “less than 4 percent of fatal police shootings.” The Post does its best to hype the racial injustice of this statistic, proclaiming that while “black men make up only 6 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 40 percent of the unarmed men shot to death by police this year.” But that claim is misleading on a number of counts.Crime doesn’t break down on neat, proportionate demographic lines. Criminals are overwhelmingly male (police killed very few women this year, but no one argues that law enforcement is sexist), and violent criminals are disproportionately black. In fact, blacks “commit homicide at close to eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined.”"

Ferguson report: No evidence Michael Brown had hands up - ""Hands up, don't shoot" is now about more than the shooting that killed Michael Brown, but it's also not an accurate representation of the incident that sparked nationwide protests, federal investigators concluded in a report released Wednesday. The Justice Department's investigation into Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's shooting of Brown concluded that witness accounts that the African-American teenager surrendered with his hands up "do not support the prosecution of Wilson".... Physical and forensic evidence in fact contradict claims by witnesses who have maintained that Brown had his hands up, above his waist when Wilson shot him, the Justice Department concluded"
What does it say if you take up a lie as your slogan?

Black and Unarmed: Behind the Numbers - "The rate at which unarmed black men were more likely than unarmed white men to die by police gunfire had dropped, but was still six-to-one. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story. It is worth looking at the specific cases included in the Post’s unarmed victim classification in some detail, since that category is the most politically explosive. The “unarmed” label is literally accurate, but it frequently fails to convey highly-charged policing situations. In a number of cases, if the victim ended up being unarmed, it was certainly not for lack of trying. At least five black victims had reportedly tried to grab the officer’s gun, or had been beating the cop with his own equipment. Some were shot from an accidental discharge triggered by their own assault on the officer. And two individuals included in the Post’s “unarmed black victims” category were struck by stray bullets aimed at someone else in justified cop shootings. If the victims were not the intended targets, then racism could have played no role in their deaths... Other unarmed black victims in the Post’s database were so fiercely resisting arrest, judging from press accounts, that the officers involved could reasonably have viewed them as posing a grave danger... The Post’s cases do not support the idea that the police have a more demanding standard for using lethal force when confronting unarmed white suspects"

This study found race matters in police shootings, but the results may surprise you - "even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects... a 1977 analysis of reports from major metropolitan departments which found officers fired more shots at white suspects than at black suspects, possibly because of “public sentiment concerning treatment of blacks.” And in 2004, David Klinger at the University of Missouri-St. Louis interviewed more than 100 officers and found “evidence of increased wariness about using deadly force against black suspects for fear of how it would be perceived and the associated consequences.”"
Some claim that because this was an experiment it says nothing about the real world. Yet, that would mean we'd need to ignore all psychology experiments.
"Another instance where investigators endeavor to reduce observer effects is the use of deception in laboratory experiments, particularly in fields like social psychology. If research participants know the study’s purpose right from the outset, their behavior will probably not be representative of how they would act otherwise. So the participants are kept ignorant, usually by being deliberately misled. The well-known Milgrim experiment offers a case in point. To obtain valid results, the participants had to be told that (a) the investigator was studying the role of punishment on pair- associate learning, (b) the punishment was being administered using a device that delivered real electric shocks, and (c) the learner who was receiving those shocks was experiencing real pain and was suffering from a heart condition. All three of these assertions were false but largely necessary (with the exception of the very last deception)." --- Encyclopedia of Research Design, Volume 1 / Neil J. Salkind (ed)


Black Lives Matter Protesters Target White People Eating Brunch - "Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated against police brutality across New York on Sunday by interrupting white people eating brunch, a clear sign that the movement which, started with unrest in Ferguson, Missouri back in November, is beginning to lose steam. Social justice warriors tweeted out photos of handfuls of demonstrators crashing cafes and restaurants with captions such as, “ATTN WHITE Man, I have no guilt disturbing your brunch. Its YOU that has no right to be here”... Another tweet asserted the protesters were “interrupting white supremacy one brunch at a time”... “Progressive activists are becoming increasingly desperate to maintain what they saw as momentum for their cause,” writes Derek Hunter. “But, as is the case with any dying movement, when the larger crowds dwindle, the only people left are the extremists and radicals who have no appeal to anyone outside of their fellow radicals.”"
Fighting "racism" by annoying white people. Then again people can use the "no true Black Lives Matter activist" defence - like with feminists (e.g. "not all feminists")

The racist protester that shut down the Bernie Sanders rally - "Sipping On White Tears"

This New Video Of Alton Sterling’s Death Creates Questions, Not Answers - "This unsecured right arm, potentially able to reach the weapon in his right front pocket, dramatically raises the threat to officers. This is looking more and more like a clean “good shoot” as more details emerge"

Black Lives Matter activists face familiar anxiety in aftermath of Dallas shooting - "When Micah Johnson, a 25-year-old black veteran, was identified as the killer, that swelling sense of dread was realized. And when it was revealed by authorities that Johnson had told police he was “upset about Black Lives Matter” and “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers”, those fears grew. Johnson’s statements ensured that the shooting would reignite arguments over what the Black Lives Matter movement represents: a plea for police to respect the rights of the country’s black citizens and be held accountable, or an incitement to crime and violence – in the words of a New York tabloid: “civil war”... since it emerged as a loud national voice in the wake of the Ferguson protests in 2014, Black Lives Matter as both an organization and an ideology has routinely been accused of fostering and harboring anti-police views and inviting violence against officers. Late Thursday, long before anything was known about the killer or his motivations, the former congressman Joe Walsh became the latest emblem of this attitude, tweeting “This is now war” and “Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you”... “How many more ambushes, how many more dead officers must we endure before action is taken?” asked the National Fraternal Order of Police president, Chuck Canterbury. Until now, a few isolated incidents, such as the murders of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in December 2014, have fuelled the accusations that BLM-inspired anger at police is driving a “war on cops”. The officers, sitting in their patrol car, were shot without warning by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had made a string of anti-police postings on social media in the hours before the attack, including a claim that he was “putting wings on pigs today”, alongside a picture of a handgun."
Wasn't the Orlando Pulse shooting one isolated incident?

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The importance of correcting for crime rates

If you do not correct for crime rates, you will get appearances of bias.

Let's assume that all police officers are unbiased, and that they shoot 1% of people they see.

If the police spend 90% of their time in 100% black areas, and 10% of their time in 100% white areas, then they will be shooting 9 times as many black people as white people - even though they are shooting 1% of everyone they see, regardless of whether they are black, white, brown, purple, rainbow etc.

From crime rates we can see why the police would be spending more time in poor, black areas. So we wouldn't be surprised we see these discrepancies - even if there were no racial discrimination at all

This is the same reason why sexism is perceived to be a big problem in tech - just by virtue of the gender ratio (i.e. the Petrie Multiplier). Even if men and women were equally sexist women would face more sexism than men due to their smaller numbers.
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