But what do you think the reaction in Ferguson would have been if the kid who got shot was black and so was the cop? Or if the kid was white and the cop was black — or white? You think there would have been demonstrations and riots and an onslaught of national media?
I recently wrote a column in this space about the trouble in Gaza and I quoted the conservative thinker Victor Davis Hanson on how the sophisticates in Europe and America wail when Israelis kill Arabs who wage war on them, but are silent when Arabs kill Arabs: “Apparently the West, in racist fashion, assumes that killing one another is what Arabs do best. But when Israelis kill those who wish to kill them, outrage follows.”
It’s pretty much the same when blacks kill blacks, isn’t it? It happens all the time in big cities like Chicago. No one riots because a black kid killed a black kid. National news organizations don’t show up to do live shots day and night. It’s as if we’re saying: “Blacks killing one another is what blacks do best.” How’s that for racism! Not the old fashioned KKK kind. No, this is elite liberal racism, the supposedly softer variety.
But they are partly right, those who think young black men are in the crosshairs. According to the Justice Department’s latest statistics (2005), although African-Americans make up 13 percent of the population, they represent 49 percent of the nation’s homicide victims – and 93 percent of those black victims were killed by other black people.
That doesn’t mean that all white cops are angels who don’t harbor any racial animus. But when it comes to crime, nasty white cops aren’t what’s plaguing black America.
I’m pretty sure if George Zimmerman had been black, we’d never know the name Trayvon Martin. And if 18-year old Michael Brown were white, we probably wouldn’t know his name, either … and neither national news reporters nor the civil rights establishment would even know what state Ferguson is in.
Members of the African-American elite, along with many white liberals, have said we don’t put enough value on the lives of young black men. Theycertainly don’t. Or they’d have a lot more to say when a black kid gets shot in the street – by another kid who is black.