Reality Check Chris Rock, Hollywood, & Anyone Else Who Supports BLM

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I’ll be honest up front, I don’t watch The Oscars. But I read and watch the news. Let me get straight to the point.

On Saturday, 02/27/16 Ronald Hamilton, 32, an active duty Army staff sergeant assigned to the Joint Staff Support Center at the Pentagon, is accused of shooting and killing Officer Ashley Guindon. Stating the obvious, Hamilton is a black male, Guidon was a female police officer.

Last evening, Chris Rock during his monologue at the Oscars, Hollywood’s shining evening, said the following:

“Thing, you know, this year, the Oscars, things are gonna be a little different. Things are going to be a little different at the Oscars. This year, in the In Memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies.”

What an utter disgrace. One the day after a black man murders a rookie police officer, on her VERY FIRST DAY, this is the joke Chris Rock and Hollywood makes? Could it get any lower than this? In addition to that, the notion that black people are being unfairly targeted by police is simply NOT FACTUAL! Look at these statistics from the Breitbart article entitled 5 Devastating Facts About Black-on-Black Crime, which used data from an analysis prepared by Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D. Associate Professor Criminal Justice Program University of Toledo:

Police-Related Killings and Black Males:

Of the 1,491 persons that died from police use of force from 2009-2012:
915 (61.4%) were white males
481 (32.2%) were black males
48 (3.2%) were males of other races
28 (1.9%) were white females
15 (1.1%) were black females
4 (0.2%) were females of other races
The majority of those who died from police use of force during this time period were white males, not black males.

Police-Related Killings and Black Males:

Of the 56,259 homicides from 2009-2012, 19,000 (33.8%) were killings of black males.
Comparisons by types of homicides of black males:
481 (2.5%) were the result of police use of force
152 (0.8%) were the result of a negligent accident homicides (i.e., child playing with a gun)
648 (3.4%) were the result of a justifiable homicides by private citizens acting in self-defense
17,719 (93.3%) were criminal homicides (murders)
Private citizens killed a quarter more black males in justifiable homicides than did police use of force

Police-Related Killings and Black Males:

While only 6% of the U.S. population is identified as black and male, 57.9% of the persons legally killed by a private citizen in self-defense were black males.
However, 73.1% of the black males legally killed by a citizen in self-defense between 2009-2012 were killed by a black citizen.
Heartbreakingly, due to a variety of societal factors, black males are disproportionately involved in violent crime, especially against black citizens.

Police-Related Killings and Black Males:

42.6% of victims of all solved criminal homicides from 2009-2012 were black males
89.6% of black males killed in criminal homicides from 2009-2012 were killed by another black male
40.6% of the police officers murdered in the line of duty from 2009-2012 were killed by black males*
In spite of these statistics, only 32.2% of the deaths from police use of force from 2009-2012 involved black males

* www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/leoka

Police-Related Killings and Black Males:

These data suggest yearly averages of:
120 black males are killed each year by police use of force
Compare this to the following averages:
38 black males are killed each year in negligent accidents
162 black males are killed each year in justifiable homicides by citizens acting in self-defense
4,166 black males are killed each year in criminal homicides (murders & manslaughters)

Police-Related Killings and Black Males:

This suggests yearly averages of:
120 black males are killed each year by police use of force
Compare this to these additional averages:
2,369 black males are killed each year in the U.S. in motor vehicle accidents*
2,532 black males commit suicide in the U.S. each year**
Race statistics are not available on lightning strikes***

* National Safety Council, Itasca, IL, Injury Facts, (2012). http://www.nsc.org

** http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/statistics/aag.html

*** http://www.usatoday.com/weather/resources/basics/wlightning.htm

Police-Related Killings and Black Males:

As there are approximately 20,864,500 black males in the U.S., here are annual percentages:
0.020% of all black males died in a criminal homicide last year
0.012% of all black males committed suicide last year
0.011% of all black males died in a vehicle crash last year
0.00078% of all black males died by a private citizen acting in self-defense
0.00078% of all black males died from police use of force last year

Black males in the U.S. are killed just as frequently by (mostly black) private citizens acting in self-defense as they are killed by police use of force.

To state it as simply and plainly as possible, black males have CONSIDERABLY more to fear from other black males than they do from police. That is not an opinion, it’s a STATISTICAL FACT. A fact that Chris Rock seemed to be aware of at one point in his career, but has apparently forgot:

(WARNING: Video in the following link contains vulgar language heard in a an R Rated Movie)

Chris Rock Video 

So Mr. Rock, BLM, and all of it’s supporters, perhaps instead of unjustly vilifying the courageous men and women of law enforcement, you should recommend African Americans take a cold, hard look at themselves. Perhaps African Americans need to ask themselves some tough questions. It’s easy to paint yourself the victim, but doing that doesn’t really help you. It usually only hurts you because you tend to ignore the real problem. But hey, I’m just a cop.

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2 thoughts on “Reality Check Chris Rock, Hollywood, & Anyone Else Who Supports BLM

  1. Matt C.

    Between Chris Rock’s 360 on reality and DiCaprio preaching about climate change (while leaving a carbon footprint larger than life by using private jets and motor yachts) I’ve given up watching the Oscars.

    Thanks again for a good article.

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  2. Imjustacop Post author

    Thank you for your compliment! Yes, I agree, I haven’t watched the Oscars in a long time. I was just outraged when I heard what Mr. Rock had said, PARTICULARLY in light of what happened a day before. Disgraceful.

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