Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Another Black Man Shot by Police. Another Day of Riots. Let’s Face the Facts.

Down in Charlotte, North Carolina, we have another case of another police officershooting another black man and another neighborhood erupting into another night of violent riots.

According to the police, they were serving a warrant when the unconnected Keith Lamont Scott got out of his car with a gun.

According to protestors, Scott was disabled and got out of his car holding nothing more than a book.

Considering how intensely, intentionally and dangerously inaccurate the narratives that came out of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri, the Freddie Gray shooting in Maryland, the Sylville Smith shooting in Wisconsin and the extreme majority of the other high-profile police shootings in the last few years, let’s face it…

Keith Lamont Scott probably had a gun, not a book.

Regardless, the resulting riots are fueled by a false narrative: the narrative that America is inherently racist, that government-legalized and society-condoned black slavery still essentially exists, and that police go around shooting defenseless black victims because that’s their favorite sport.

According to rioters, cops wake up every morning, look in the mirror and say, “Gosh, I hope I kill a black man today!”

If that sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is. And so are these riots. Facts are facts, people. No matter if they want to be acknowledged, these realities hold true:

·         Police shoot bad guys who are hurting or trying to hurt others. That’s the rule. The exception is when they abuse their power to the extent that they destroy innocent lives. It happens, but it’s not the norm.
·         Inner cities, on the other hand – where most of these nationally broadcasted deaths are happening – are dangerous. Not because police are shooting average citizens but because average citizens are shooting and stabbing and raping and otherwise abusing their fellow average citizens.
·         Shouting “We out like the Taliban” while you’re rioting isn’t the best way to protest an alleged atrocity.
·         The cop who shot Keith Lamont Scott was black.

Those are the facts involved with the Charlotte, North Carolina shooting and riots.

Whether you like it or not.

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