The president made his first public comments about the shooting of two Ferguson police officers in the deplorably passive-aggressive way we’ve come to expect from him.
During his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night, he told the host, “What had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest,” Obama said. “But there was no excuse for criminal acts.”
Obama was very concerned that the awkward violence (that he, Sharpton and Holder helped stoke) would detract from the social justice narrative he has been pushing. He made sure to let the nation know that he is not for the assassination of police officers in the street. It seemed important to him to keep reiterating how hard he believes LEO’s jobs are – and how the majority of them are not the racist oppressors he and his friends in the racial grievance industry keep harping about.
“Whoever fired those shots shouldn’t detract from the issue – they’re criminals – they need to be arrested,” he explained – (as if something that obvious needs to be explained.)
“And then, what we need to do is make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides – law enforcement, (who have a terrifically tough job) and people who understandably don’t want to be stopped just because of their race…. (Is it okay if they’re stopped while they’re breaking a law?) that we’re able to come together to come up with some good answers.”
Like say – nationalizing the police. Something like that.
Obama went on to flatter and tacitly encourage the Ferguson protesters by citing the DOJ’s bogus report on Ferguson, “you can’t generalize about protesters who – it turns out – had very legitimate grievances. The Justice Department report showed that … African Americans were being stopped dispropotionately – mainly so the city could raise money even though that was unjust.”
John Lott in the NY Post recently exposed the DOJ’s “Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department” to be the shoddy political screed that it is.
Starting with the primary numerical claim. The report notes on Page 4: “Ferguson’s law-enforcement practices overwhelmingly impact African-Americans.
“Data collected by the Ferguson Police Department from 2012 to 2014 shows that African-Americans account for 85 percent of vehicle stops, 90 percent of citations, and 93 percent of arrests made by FPD officers, despite comprising only 67 percent of Ferguson’s population.”
Those statistics don’t prove racism, because blacks don’t commit traffic offenses at the same rate as other population groups.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ 2011 Police-Public Contact Survey indicates that, nationwide, blacks were 31 percent more likely than whites to be pulled over for a traffic stop.
Ferguson is a black-majority town. If its blacks were pulled over at the same rate as blacks nationally, they’d account for 87.5 percent of traffic stops.
In other words, the numbers actually suggest that Ferguson police may be slightly less likely to pull over black drivers than are their national counterparts. They certainly don’t show that Ferguson is a hotbed of racism.
Critics may assert that that “31 percent more likely” figure simply shows that racism is endemic to police forces nationwide.
Hmm: The survey also reveals that men are 42 percent more likely than women to be pulled over for traffic stops. Should we conclude that police are biased against men, or that men drive more recklessly?
In fact, blacks die in car accidents at a rate about twice their share of car owners.
Read the whole thing.
TV entertainers like Jimmy Kimmel are not equipped with the political savvy needed to deal with professional BS artists like Obama – so why have politicians on their shows? The whole thing turns out to be an exercise in pure propaganda which is pretty disgusting and frustrating to watch.
National Review, Thomas Sowell: Statistical disparities between ethnic groups are normal, not evidence of racism.