The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley was a guest on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, where he laid bare the truth (as he sees it) on racial division in America today. Riley points out that the problems in the black community are often attributed to racism, but that is simply a “copout” from black leadership. The truth, Riley says, is that “Tension between the black community and the police department stems from black criminality in this country — high black crime rates.” Until the problem of “black criminality” is solved, Riley says, the problems faced by the black community will continue to exist…
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Clearly there is excess force used by police in some instances, but that’s not producing this high black body count in this country. Tension between the black community and the police department stems from black criminality in this country — high black crime rates. Blacks are about 13 perceny of the population but commit more than half of all murders in this country. Blacks are arrested at two to three times their number in the population for all manner of violent crime, all manner of property crime. Until that ends, you are going to have tensions between the police and the black community. You are going to have young black men viewed suspiciously. If we want to address perceptions, negative perceptions of young black men, we have to address the behavior that is driving those perceptions. And that is not a conversation President Obama or Eric Holder or Al Sharpton or all the rest want to have because they have a vested interest in pushing a false narrative, which is that racism is an all-purpose explanation of what drives what’s wrong in black America.
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