oz_karter wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:46 pm
TedStriker wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:30 pm
It is absolutely true that you are far more likely to be killed by Police in the US if you are black as opposed to white. However the statistic that is very rarely quoted alongside that is that in any given interaction with the Police, you are twice a likely to be killed if you are white as opposed to black. What creates this paradox is that if you are black, you are way more likely to have an interaction with the Police.
This, of course, is a societal issue that needs to be addressed, but it in no way shows the Police to be racist and trigger happy when it comes to dealing with black people. The truth is it is the other way round.
Why do black people interact with police more often? Reading between the lines, you seem to conclude that they are criminals and therefore this is expected.
But is it not possibly true that police pay more attention because of stereotyping or even racism?
Maybe white people are killed proportionally more (if that stat is even true) because when they interact with police they are holding an assault rifle...
Your statistics don't paint any more of a picture. Racism is much bigger than police killings. It is not imaginary.
My intent was not to draw any such conclusion, which is why I said the higher rate of police interactions with black people is a societal issue which needs to be dealt with. Whether it is down to police racism or whether there is really is a higher crime rate among black people (which would naturally lead to a higher rate of interactions), is a matter for debate, for sure.
What is for sure though, is that these issues are not solved by rioting, looting and killing police officers. They are also not solved by dividing the world into 'people of colour' and 'white people' and pitching them against each other. That's how you start a race war.
Yes, of course racism is much bigger than police killings and nowhere have I suggested it is imaginary. What I am saying specifically is that police killings may
not be racist - if you consider all statistics, not just the ones that support your position.
If you're going to tackle an issue, it really is best to be sure of where that issue needs targeting or, as is happening right now, you rapidly lose the support of the wider population. Especially if you use tactics of violence and intimidation.
There's a very important election coming up in the US soon. The overwhelming majority of those involved in the rioting, looting, etc will be Democrat supporters but it's kind of ironic that their behaviour could well be the very thing that tips the balance in favour of Trump and they end up with another four years due to their own actions.
It's very easy to watch the media and get the feeling that the whole of the USA is either interested in or supports the BLM movement. In reality it's very much a minority thing (which is given massively disproportionate support by the main stream media and virtue signalling celebrities/companies), and what most people see is anti Trump protestors destroying cities. That does not make them vote Democrat. Nor does calling them racist for not following the exact rules set out for how one must signal one's non racism.
Anyway, back on topic - I see Hamilton has once again hijacked the F1's 'End Racism' segment to show his support for one race only. That, also, is not how you end racism.