During Barack Obama’s 2008 run for the White House, a fawning media embraced him with a bear hug for the ages. In an article titled Obama the ‘Magic Negro,’ The Los Angeles Times described him thusly:
“Like a comic-book superhero, Obama is there to help, out of the sheer goodness of a heart we need not know or understand. For as with all Magic Negroes, the less real he seems, the more desirable he becomes. If he was real, white America couldn’t project all its fantasies of curative black benevolence on him.”
In his brilliant keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Obama electrified the nation when he declared, “There is not a black America, a white America, a Latino America, an Asian America. There’s the United States of America!”
Obama’s keynote address and a cheerleading media propelled him to a landslide victory by leading a solid majority of the electorate to believe he would be the nation’s first post-racial president. He turned out to be anything but.
From “Cambridge police acted stupidly” and “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon” to Michael Brown (Ferguson) and Freddie Gray (Baltimore), America’s first black president let no opportunity pass to stoke the lingering embers of black-against-white racial animosity. Then, four years after leaving office, he did next to nothing to quell the nationwide race riots that roiled America’s cities with unbridled racial rage in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. His near total silence served as a tacit green light for virtually unrestricted racial mayhem.
Last summer, America’s foremost race arsonist wrote that the deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of white police “should not be normal.”
Should not be normal?
Police killing unarmed black suspects is NOT normal. To suggest otherwise is racial propaganda of the most poisonous kind. Thanks to high profile race arsonists like Obama, black America has been conned to believe that unjustified police killings of black suspects are as frequent as rain in spring. Even one such killing is one too many, but are such killings an out-of-control epidemic, as the race arsonists proclaim? Reams of data, including the examples below, expose the epidemic narrative for what it is: a flat-out lie.
● On the June 2, 2020 edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, former NYPD chief Bernard Kerick quoted statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Report and the Washington Post. In 2019, there were 10 million arrests in the U.S. Of those 10 million arrests, police officers were involved in fatal shootings 1,004 times. A total of 41 of those fatalities were unarmed. Of the unarmed people shot and killed by police in 2019, 19 were white, nine were black, hardly an epidemic by any standard.
● In a typical year, roughly 20 unarmed black suspects are killed by police. According to KidsCount.org, the (non-Hispanic) black adult population in 2019 was 31,140,331. That approximately 20 unarmed black suspects (out of 31 million black adults) are killed by police in a typical year is nowhere within light-years of being an epidemic.
In 2019, NPR cited a peer-reviewed finding that white officers were no more likely to kill unarmed black suspects than black officers were. Of course, cases where unarmed black suspects are killed by black officers lack an exploitable racial angle, and therefore are never given wall-to-wall media coverage, as happens with every such killing where the officer is white.
America’s First Lady of Race Arson
Michelle Obama is as skilled as her husband at subtly heightening racial tensions. During a recent appearance on CBS This Morning, America’s First Lady of Race Arson used the interview to slap America’s law enforcement community in the face while professing deep fear over the safety of her daughters, both of whom are now driving:
“Many of us in the black community still live in fear, as we go to the grocery store or allow our children to get a driver’s license. [Our daughters] are driving, but every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody [read: a white cop] who doesn’t know everything about them—the fact that they are good students and polite girls, but maybe they’re playing their music a little loud. Maybe somebody [a white cop] sees the back of their head and makes an assumption … [For me], like so many parents of black kids, just the innocent act of getting a driver’s license puts fear in our hearts.”
Mrs. Obama has reason to worry about her driving age daughters being shot and killed, but not by police. According to Heather MacDonald’s best-selling book, “The War on Cops,” black Americans between the ages of 10 and 43 die of homicide at 13 times the rate of whites—killed not by the police, not by whites, but by other blacks.
Democrat-run Chicago, where the Obama’s lived prior to moving to the nation’s capitol, is a prime example of the kind of place where black people routinely face mortal danger. The overwhelming majority of homicide victims in Chicago are young black men killed by other young black men. During a June 2020 appearance on The Story with Martha McCallum, former Chicago police chief, Garry McCarthy, said 85 percent of homicide victims in the city are black. According to the city’s ABC News affiliate, in 2020 Chicago recorded 3,261 shootings and a record 875 gun-related homicides. This year, the Windy City’s murder and mayhem merry-go-round rolls on, with 1,004 shootings and 211 homicides through mid-May, according official crime statistics reported by HeyJackass.com.
Regardless of the city where they occur, the rare instances of unarmed black suspects being killed by white police are invariably followed by politically orchestrated outrage spurred on by breathless media coverage that dominates the news, often for months on end. When one young black man is killed by another young black man, little outrage is felt, except by the victim’s crying mama.
Mission: Keep the racial pot stirred
To keep the black electorate at a boiling point, race arsonists like the Obamas intentionally leave black voters with the impression that unlawful police killings of black suspects are as routine as in the days when racist Democrat governors, like George Wallace, and racist Democrat police chiefs, like Bull Conner, looked the other way as Klansmen on the police force murdered innocent black people at will. That was a deplorable part of America’s racial history, but those days are OVER.
Here’s something America’s First Couple of Race Arson will never share with the African American community: the chance of an unarmed black person being killed by a white cop is less than half a random American’s chance of being killed by lightning. (National Weather Service: approximately 49 lightning deaths annually.)
During her CBS interview, Michelle Obama correctly said that America has a “dark” racial history, adding that “it’s time for us to move beyond that.” America has moved beyond its dark racial past. It’s indisputable that a black child born in America today has the exact same legal rights as a white child. It’s also indisputable that no country has ever done more to correct the wrongs once committed against an oppressed minority of its own citizens than has this great country. To suggest that America is stuck in its KKK past is race arson in its most wicked form.
By John Eidson
A 1968 electrical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech and now retired, John Eidson is a freelance writer in Atlanta.