America doesn’t have a ‘systemic racism’ policing problem, America has a Black crime problem. Recently, The Washington Examiner ran this headline, “The ‘systemic’ problem with policing isn’t racism.”
The police killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis last month has rightly pricked the nation’s conscience. Unfortunately, so far it has not generated a correspondingly thoughtful debate on how to respond with better policy ideas.
As in the gun control debate, there is an emotional rather than a fact-based response, an impulsive urge brought on by trauma that prompts legislators to do something — anything! — no matter how ineffective or irrelevant it might be to the actual problem.
To be sure, not all of the proposed solutions are bad ones. There should be limits on no-knock warrants in every state. A national database of disciplinary actions against police officers would be a welcome tool for local police departments looking to weed out bad recruits.
Then again, it is unlikely that any of these reforms would have stopped what happened in Memphis.
If anyone points out this inconvenient fact, the next step in the emotion-driven response is to blame a nebulous “culture” that cannot be solved through laws or in any other way. Or, even worse, activists try to fit the round peg into a square hole, claiming that “systemic racism” is to blame for this heinous attack by five black police officers against one black civilian. Is everyone really supposed to believe that these little lambs would never have heard a fly, if not for big, bad white supremacy?
Thomas Robb, the National Director of the Knights Party of the Ku Klux Klan, centrally based in Harrison, Arkansas, spoke from his office saying, “I didn’t realize how much of an effect my ‘White Supremist’ racism had. Wow, that’s amazing how it makes 5 black police officers beat a black suspect do death! Now that’s power. That’s a ridiculous comment, right? Well, it’s what is being said. This is just another example of black on black crime, it has nothing to do with White people. Statistics show there are more black on black crime than White on black, police on black, and other non-white races on blacks combined. As a matter of fact, there are more White people killed by law enforcement officers than there are black ones annually. In my opinion, in this case, this is just another black on black crime. The other black police killings? They should be higher, but they are not. Blacks make up only 13% of America’s population, yet they commit over 50% of America’s crime, so yes, of course there will be blacks killed by police. I’m surprised they’re isn’t more.”