Today’s highly interesting read (07/06/20): Hearing What Black Voices Really Say About Police

There’s this…

But there’s also this…

Today’s read is from Michael Javen Fortner, the author of Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment, who teaches political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Here’s an excerpt, followed by a link to the entire column:

While it is true that black men between the ages of 25 and 29 are killed by police at a rate between 2.8 and 4.1 per 100,000, that’s well below the rate of their death in accidents (76.6 deaths per 100,000), by suicide (26.7 deaths per 100,000), from other homicides (22 per 100,000), from heart disease (seven per 100,000), and from cancer (a little over six per 100,000).

Moreover, black women in the same age bracket are killed by police at roughly 5 percent the rate of black men; surely if police killings were driven solely by racial animus, then black women would be victimized at a much higher rate.

Read the whole column here.

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