There is nothing more painful to me at this state in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery—then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved. ~Jesse Jackson (quoted by Pat Buchanan, Suicide of a Superpower, p. 244)
What is very disturbing is that a 2011 U.S. Department Of Justice study reports that Blacks are six times more likely to be victims of violent crime than whites. The same study reports that Blacks are eight times more likely than whites to be perpetrators of violent crime than their white counterparts.
The following discussion concerns my “Conversation With the President.”
My interlocutors’ words appear bold and italicized.
“What do you think these [black crime] statistics prove?”
I don't think statistics prove anything. What they do is demonstrate that there is a major break-down within the black community. (I agree with Bill O'Reilly on this: The disintegration of the family within the black community—75% of babies being born to single moms, etc.—is having a devastating impact.)
Thomas Sowell's book "Intellectuals and Race" is a marvelous read. He too speaks of these things.
Now, I use such statistics, coupled with Jesse Jackson's own words, to illustrate that Obama's sophistic remarks about how whites behave around blacks (see my article linked above) need not be interpreted to mean that whites are simply racist.
No. There's more to it than skin color. If it were only a matter of skin color…that would be irrational. But there are other factors. There are facts, very troubling facts. Thus, there is a rational basis for caution which goes much deeper than pigmentation.
Here are a few other articles/studies: “Homicide Trends in the United States,1980-2008;” “Commissioner Kelly says almost 75% of violent crime committed by African-Americans;” and “Holder Ignores Real Threat To Young Black Men.”
“When you cite such statistics that are based on race you imply that race is the determining factor. I am not saying that the statistics are wrong, but I am saying that they give the wrong impression of where the problem lies.”
No. The stats are the stats. I made no such implication. That's your characterization of the information. Nowhere do I or the stats imply: "Blacks commit crime because they are black.” That is, the statistics do not tell us why blacks commit so much crime but that they do.
“Then what is the point of infusing race at all?”
Indeed. Why was race part of our national narrative? (It certainly wasn't part of the trial. Right?) Why is the Department Of Justice trying to find something with which to charge George Zimmerman with a hate (race) crime—even now after the trial?
I didn't "infuse race" into this situation. The media, race-baiters, and our President did this. My blog is a RESPONSE to the injection of race.
People are harping about having a "conversation about race." Well...let's have it. But let's be honest about it. Let's be real with it. Let's speak of fact and reason. Let's avoid myth and emotion.
What are we so afraid of?
Honesty, factuality, rationality, respect, personal responsibility—these are biblical approaches to any issue. It's called civility. And it seems to be a lost art these days.