The Startling Epidemic of Ideas Behind Black Lives Matter

The Startling Epidemic of Ideas Behind Black Lives Matter

( – With Democratic-led cities ravaged by months of racial unrest, violence, and looting, it’s hard to fathom any end to the epidemic, short of local governments taking up President Trump on his offer to send in federal troops.

Although many people consider the rise of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement to be a relatively recent manifestation of social unrest, it’s modern origins more accurately can be traced to similar racial unrest during the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s.

Some legislative progress was made at the time to include the civil rights acts of 1957, 1964, and 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act. Similarly, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was enacted banning literacy tests as a requirement for voting.

However, the epidemic of ideas and aims surrounding the modern Black Lives Matter of today enjoy no such success, only a continuance of unrest based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the facts.

The Reality of Black Lives and Crime Today

Democratic cities continue burning in the wake of the death of a 46-year-old black man named George Floyd while in police custody on May 25. Calls for “defunding the police” and “consent decrees” have become the rallying cries of 2020’s BLM movement.

Yes, it’s tragic whenever any life is lost. However, looking at the numbers, there’s more going on in America than many demonstrators care to admit.

For instance, the latest data shows only 13 unarmed black men were shot and killed by police officers in 2019, a far cry from estimates being tossed about by many mainstream media outlets.

Jim Quinn, a longtime prosecutor in Queens County, New York, reported on September 3 that “criminality in minority communities” was the greatest threat to black lives and not police officers. Yes, in 2019, nearly 88% of the people murdered in New York City were black. However, roughly 93% of those murders were committed by persons of color.

As Quinn reported, black-on-black crime rate statistics, including murder and assaults, remained consistent for the last 12 years. Fox News supported those figures showing 32% of the people shot by cops are blacks while about 52% are white.

Problems like cop shooting and black-on-black crime continue to plague American cities. However, problems demand a fair assessment of the situation. Otherwise, any meaningful change will remain forever out of reach. Maybe it’s time for Democratic-led cities to accept President Donald Trump’s offer to send in federal troops and restore order.

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