On Sunday, a nine-member contingent from the Minneapolis City Council stood out in front of demonstrators to announce that they intend to vote for the complete disbanding of the city’s police department. While the council will encounter opposition from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a timid liberal who is nonetheless not totally insane, their veto-proof majority may succeed in doing the unthinkable. After nearly two weeks of creating violence, chaos, and destruction, the criminals of Minneapolis are apparently going to get what they want: A police-free society that will allow them to do, basically, whatever the hell they want.
What could go wrong?
The racially conscious members of the city council may believe they are furthering progress by embracing this idiotic “defund the police” scheme, but the truth is that there are very few proposals that could do more harm to the black community. As Heather Mac Donald pointed out in the Wall Street Journal this weekend, black neighborhoods and individuals need police more than anyone else in America.
“In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population,” Mac Donald wrote. “In 2018 there were 7,407 black homicide victims. Assuming a comparable number of victims last year, those nine unarmed black victims of police shootings represent 0.1% of all African-Americans killed in 2019. By contrast, a police officer is 18½ times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.
“A 2015 Justice Department analysis of the Philadelphia Police Department found that white police officers were less likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot unarmed black suspects,” she continued. “Research by Harvard economist Roland G. Fryer Jr. also found no evidence of racial discrimination in shootings. Any evidence to the contrary fails to take into account crime rates and civilian behavior before and during interactions with police.”
Mac Donald’s article could be summarized like this: The whole impetus behind the protests, the riots, the think-pieces, and the Sesame Street “talk to your white kids about racism” segments on CNN is constructed on a fatal myth. There IS no such thing as police discrimination against black Americans. This IS no such thing as systemic racism in 2020 America. “Hands up, don’t shoot” was a lie, and we’re about to revolutionize the country to satisfy the demands of people who, quite frankly, don’t know what the hell they are talking about.
And while all Americans will suffer from the abolition of police, no one will suffer more so than black people. The left’s quest for utopia will (again) only make things worse. This time, perhaps irretrievably so.