As always, I do not want to side one way or the other here. It’s not that I do not have my own opinion or stance on the topic, it’s that I’d like everyone to stop … breathe … and take a listen to what is really going on. Take a moment or two to back away from your initial emotions. Be sure you understand what is going on, and then react in a proper manner.
It saddens me to see all the name calling going on. It makes me want to scream when I see someone talking about respect while being disrespectful. People, hold a mirror when you talk and see how you look. Or people talking about that person over there being divisive, when the very act was intended to be divisive. Let’s be real, right?
From where I sit, it looks like chaos and seems like no one really knows what they are really saying, or doing in some cases. Let’s see if we can sort some of this out, shall we? Not that anyone who really truly matters or has a say will ever really read this, but it only takes one, and then another. And as always, I really have no idea where this blog is going to go, it’s always a journey with me, no conceived destination in mind. So, pack your bags kid, we are hitting the road!
Let’s start with the very first bent knee, shall we.
Colin Kaepernick of the NFL 49er’s refused to stand for the National Anthem on August 25, 2016. Here’s what he told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Some of the headlines being written around the time include:
- “St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty this week in the fatal shooting of a fleeing black man in 2011″
- “Years After Michael Brown’s Killing, The Legal Struggle To Affirm Citizens’ Rights Remains”
- “Video Shows White Cop Repeatedly Punch Black Man After Traffic Stop”
- “It’s Past Time White People Wake Up To The Reality Of Police Violence”
- “Solidarity With Justine Damond Shouldn’t Belittle The Fight For Black Lives”
- “Philando Castile’s High School Classmates Award First Scholarship In His Honor”
Reading through those headlines, maybe Colin has a point. Maybe the way he was trying to make his point over shadowed the point he was trying to make. But shouldn’t we look past the how and examine the why? Let’s take a look at the statics in regards to black oppression. I don’t mean to offend anyone by using the terms: blacks, whites, Asians, or Hispanics. I use them because they are the labels on the charts. I wish we’d get rid of them all and just be American’s and stop referring to color at all. If you’re born in America, your American. If you don’t want to be American, there are plenty of other countries and nationalities to choose from.
Here’s the summary so you don’t have to read the long drawn out details. But if you want, all the data is found below, just scroll on down.
- Whites are arrested more than any other race, and are killed during an arrest more often than any other race. However, the percentage of population of blacks being arrested is about double that of whites. This is due to a higher percentage of the black population committing crimes. But in general, people tend to commit crimes against people of their own race. Of the victims, almost 14% of the white victims crimes were committed by blacks, while 7.5% of the blacks victims were committed by whites. So a white person has double the chances of a black person to have a crime committed against them by the opposite race.
- If ALL reported arrest deaths were blacks, all, 100%, based on data, a black person would have .06% (LESS THAN 1%) chance of being killed during arrest – of course, not all arrest deaths are black. There were 8,248,709 arrests made and 1,348 deaths from Jun 15-Mar 16 – this means EVERY PERSON only has a .02% chance of being killed during arrest. Take a moment to fathom that. And since there are more whites killed during arrest, the chance of Police killing any other race is less than .02%.
- Both blacks and whites have about a 6% chance of being stopped by police. HOWEVER, over all, more whites are pulled over. You are more likely to be pulled over because of your age than your race, especially if you are between 25-34.
- Blacks ARE searched and force IS threatened more often on a traffic stop. ALARMINGLY, 74% of American’s overall feel police use excessive force. This is a problem which needs to be addressed!
- There are more whites below poverty level and on public assistant. The alarming stat here is the number of black children living with only their mother, below poverty, where the mother had never been married. Would they be at poverty if they didn’t have to be single moms? Sadly, this seems to be a social/cultural problem more than an oppression. Father’s need to step up!
- The disparity of education level isn’t significant among the races until the Bachelor’s level. More blacks have obtained a high school level or more: 56.5% of the whites and 59.14% of the blacks. This however, says nothing about the quality of education attained in high school, except 52% of blacks obtain at least some college education. Black males make about $106 less per week than White females. The income level is most likely tied to higher education. However, discrimination could very well be hidden in this statistic. Maybe, this protest needs to be geared more toward employers than police?
Media used headlines to get attention and it seems to have worked. But although the stories may have been true, the data doesn’t support the hype they created.
So now you can have your opinion based in facts. You have all the data right here to decide if you agree or disagree with WHAT Colin was protesting.
I DO believe there is discrimination, no doubt in my mind. I feel like as long as there are people, there will be some form of discrimination or another. So sad. People are put down because of the sport team they support, the clothes they wear, or the way they speak. No doubt there is discrimination based on race as well.
As far as his choice of how, that’s another whole thing which I won’t get into in this episode.
ARRESTS AND ARREST DEATHS
Bottomline: Whites are arrested more than any other race, and are killed during an arrest more than any other race. However, the population of blacks being arrested is about double that of whites. A higher percentage of the black population commit crimes than the white. And people tend to kill more people of their own race.
If ALL reported arrest deaths were blacks based on data a black person would have .06% (LESS THAN 1) chance of being killed during arrest – of course, not all arrest deaths are black. There were 8,248,709 arrests made and 1,348 deaths from Jun 15-Mar 16 – this means EVERY PERSON only has a .02% change of being killed during arrest. Take a moment to fathom that.
Read the data for your self, or scroll down to the next bit of data crunching.
First, the crime statics, a graph from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (unfortunately, I wasn’t able to locate anything beyond 2009.):
Here is a chart from FBI on arrests in 2015:
Charts showing the offender and the victim’s races from 2013, .0015% of whites and .0080% of blacks are victims of crimes:
Based on the data above, (realizing the first chart is multiple years and the second is only 2009):
- There is about 43% more whites arrest than blacks.
- There are about 10% more whites with arrest related deaths than blacks
- According to census data in 2007, there were 199,192,000 whites and 31,081,000 blacks over 18. So almost 4% of the white population were arrested and almost 10% of the black population.
- Whites have a 83% change of being killed by a white person. Blacks have a 90% change of being killed by a black person. But in general, people tend to commit crimes against people of their own race. Of the victims, almost 14% of the white victims crimes were committed by blacks, while 7.5% of the blacks victims were committed by whites. So a white person has double the chances of a black person to have a crime committed against them by the opposite race.
Here is the Arrest death’s information for 2015-2016, just not broken out by race (total of 1,348 in a year). If ALL arrest deaths were blacks and 2,197,140 blacks were arrested, then a black person would have .06% (LESS THAN 1) chance of being killed during arrest. But people, there were 8,248,709 arrests made which means EVERY PERSON only has a .02% change of being killed during arrest. Take a moment to fathom that.
So as far as crimes and arrests go, it doesn’t seem like statistics prove blacks are more likely to be arrested nor more likely to be killed. Media folks, they hype people up and they react. Media is controlling many.
Maybe blacks are pulled over more? So I went digging again, I found a report from 2008.
Bottomline: If we use the census data from 2007, both blacks and whites have about a 6% chance of being stopped. HOWEVER, fewer blacks are pulled over. You are more likely to be pulled over because of your age if you are between 25-34.
Check out the data or keep on scrolling.
Now here we can see some issues. Blacks are searched and force is threatened more often. But the third chart reveals a stat I hope police are paying attention to, but it isn’t a black issue, if anything the Hispanic/Latino’s should be protesting!
OPPRESSION – POVERTY:
Bottomline: There are more whites below poverty level and on public assistant. The alarm here is sounded by the number of children living with only their mother, below poverty, where the mother had never been married. This seems to be a social/cultural problem more than an oppression.
Let’s start with public assistance numbers from 2016, Table C8. Poverty Status, Food Stamp Receipt, And Public Assistance For Children Under 18 Years By Selected Characteristics: 2016:
But if we look at the poverty levels there are more whites below poverty. Thirteen percent of American’s are below poverty. But if you look closer, you will see that 24% of the black population are below poverty. There are MORE whites OVERALL below poverty, but, MORE of the black POPULATION below poverty.
Here’s a poverty over time chart.
This number is very interesting. Blacks are 18% ABOVE the total average when it comes to female, no husband present living below poverty. The number of blacks living with only their mother’s who have never been married is really high.
OPPRESSION – EDUCATION:
Bottomline: The disparity of education level isn’t significant until the Bachelor’s level. Surprisingly more blacks have obtained a high school level or more: 56.5% of the whites and 59.14% of the blacks. Black males make about $106 less per week than White females. The income level is most likely tied to higher education. However, it is possible there is discrimination involved in this particular area.
Let’s take a look at education. We’ve already shown there are more whites living in poverty, but there seems to be a lot of talk about blacks not being able to make it out of poverty because of lack of good education.
Based on these numbers, it doesn’t look like there is much of a disparity until we get to Bachelor’s degree. Only 10% difference between whites and blacks at the Associate’s level. Look at the numbers on the Asians though! Hispanics still fall below the blacks.
Using 2016 estimated population figures, it may be shocking to see that 56.5% of the whites and 59.14% of the blacks have obtained a high school level or more.
Overall the Asians make far and above anyone else. Here’s how it all breaks down for the 2nd qtr 2017 with a $642 weekly difference between Asian Males and Hispanic Female, $552 over black males, and $578 over black females.
- Asian Males + $293 over
- White males +$30 over
- Asian females +123 over
- White females +106 over
- Black males +16 over
- Hispanic males +10 over
- Black females +64 over
- Hispanic females
The income level is most likely tied to the education level.