Was George Floyd’s Death Racially Motivated?
By Andy Joppa
Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction …
There is no doubt that what happened to George Floyd was unacceptable and represented an egregious disregard for justice and human life. What is unknown, however, and is seemingly creating little concern or investigation, is whether or not it was actually an act of racism. I offer, with no intent of sarcasm, that the only thing that leads one to believe that racism existed was that George Floyd was black. That is not nearly enough to document racism.
The allegation of racism demands awareness, or at least a high-level validated presumption, that race was the motivating factor in a criminal police action. The mere fact alone that the victim was black requires more meaningful substantiation to level that accusation. Yet, of course, to the political Left and their minions in the media and entertainment industries, any crime against a black is de facto proof of racism. It is that unvalidated position that has served as the fodder for the protest/riots that have besieged many of America’s largest cities…and the death of several in their defense.
I would submit that the reactions following that regrettable event have been entirely driven by this presumption of racism, and have very little to do, per se, with the physical assault as it occurred. I would also submit if the victim had been white, and a like video documenting the same action had been shown, there would have been an immediate shocked reaction, but this would have quickly ended, with no protests or riots…or looting. In all likelihood the same criminal charges would have leveled against the officer and he would have been appropriately fired. Therefore, the entire protest/riot process has been driven by an unsubstantiated presumption of racism. It wasn’t what the officer did…it was entirely why he did it. If the view we are asked to accept is that all crimes against blacks are inherently racist, then that position would need a wealth of support documentation that I will offer does not exist.
Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer in question who was seen kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until he could not breathe, has been charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter; both charges, based on the evidence available, seem appropriate. However, no suggestion has been offered that Chauvin screamed racist epitaphs during the act. No suggestion has been offered that the 15 prior misconduct allegations against Chauvin, during his 16-year career, showed an overwhelming racial component. No suggestion has been offered that Chauvin, in his private life, acted in a racist manner. No suggestion has been offered that Chauvin bombarded social media with racist rants. To repeat, the reason the act was racist was entirely because Floyd was black.
What has been offered was that Chauvin had a volatile and unpredictable temper. That was seen to be profoundly manifest when he used a kneel choke on George Floyd. It must be clearly understood that I am, in no way, trying to diminish the horrific nature of Chauvin’s actions. Once again, it hasn’t been those actions that drove the violent assault on our cities…it was entirely the supposition they were racially motivated.
Now, the proof of Chauvin’s racist makeup may still be forth coming and, certainly, I would revise my comments if that occurred. However, enough time has past where if that information were available, in all likelihood, it would have been front page news in all the Leftist-media, and we would be inundated with all the racist particulars. At this point it seems obvious to this observer, that charges of racism have been leveled as they would serve as the most provocative motivator for the subsequent actions of both Antifa and Black Lives Matter… and thousands of joyful looters.
Beyond the George Floyd situation, and extending into the larger political environments, are positions being taken that this case documents that America is racist…not just racist, but systemically racist. Even George W. Bush woke long enough from his senile soporific syndrome to offer America a rare thought…America, according to our ex-president is systemically racist. Thank you, George. If you offer a rare thought could you at least determine if it’s accurate. Our media has trumpeted that same theme over and over. European media have echoed these same charges against America. So, emanating from a single event, where absolutely no proof has been offered that Chauvin’s actions were racist, we have a world-wide condemnation of America as being racist.
If the model being used in the Floyd/Chauvin circumstance is continued into the future, American can never escape. Can we ever escape from a moment when a sociopath, who is a police officer in name only, commits an atrocious act against a black? No, that will be impossible. So, it is critical that an act described as racist meet at least some minimal threshold of racism and that individual acts can document a consistent pattern against only blacks.
The Left tried to stir the racist pot with the justifiable shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, but there was overwhelming information available that the act of Officer Wilson was justified. The Floyd killing gave them the model they were looking for. A black was killed by a police officer without justification…all the while being videoed. It was the perfect storm the Left hoped to have happen. Comparable moments for white victims of police indiscretion go underreported or unreported. The public, therefore, gains the view that these acts happened only to blacks.
I’ll offer compressed commentary about police actions and the black community. The statistics are ones I used in a recent essay. They aren’t everything…but they shouldn’t be ignored.
In 2018 we can look at police shootings. Of the 998-total categorized as Deadly Use of Force, here is a breakdown by race:
· Whites 456 (46%)
· Blacks 229 (23%)
· Hispanic 165 (17%)
Other and unknown comprising the rest.
Twice as many whites than blacks are killed by police.
Against criminal populations they align quite appropriately. Black men commit murder 573 % more than white men; rape are committed at a level 146% greater, robbery at 618 % greater, aggravated assault at 203 % greater, and violent crime in total at 264 % greater.
There were 998 Police Use of Deadly Force incidents. Of these 95 % of suspects were armed. Of the 47 (5 %) who were unarmed 23 were white, 18 were black, 6 were Hispanic. Here, a statement of significance can be offered: There were more unarmed whites who had deadly force applied than blacks.
A 2016 study by Roland G. Fryer Jr., who is an economics professor at Harvard, found that no racial bias could be detected in police shootings, in either the raw data or when accounting for controls.
There were 6.000 black homicide deaths in 2014 according to FBI data-the most recent year for which such data are available- compared with 6000 homicide deaths for whites and Hispanics combined. Almost all of the black homicide deaths had black killers.
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.
Among black victims, 63 percent of violent victimizations were committed by black offenders, 11 percent by white offenders and 7 percent by Hispanic offenders.
According to the US Department of Justice, African Americans accounted for 53% of all homicide offenders from 1980 to 2008, with Whites 45 % and “Other” 2 %. The offending rate for African Americans was almost 8 times higher than Whites. Most homicides were intraracial, with 84% of White victims killed by Whites, and 93% of African American victims were killed by African Americans.
The preceding information is more than enough to persuade any fair reader that all police crimes against blacks are not racist. And, to return to my basic point, that was my original challenge to the Floyd killing and the one from which all other actions were derived. There is no proof that Chauvin was racially motivated. If that position were accepted, then all of the street protests should theoretically stop. They are not protesting Chauvin’s actions…but Chauvin’s reasons…and, as a result, all police are being condemned… as is the entire nation.
Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.