This is the claim of political activist John Parker and Marc Lamont Hill that every 28 hours an unarmed black male is killed by police. When Politifact.com checked this claim it was found to be false because of the facts regarding the cases. Some had used their cars to try and run down officers when killed. Another was a man who was the man who was trying to eat the face off a homeless man when he was shot. Out of all the people they claimed were killed while unarmed, 136 were actually recorded in the report by Malcom X Grassroots Movement as really being unarmed. Since all the circumstances are not known in each case as to what happened to lead to the shooting, these numbers are non-factual.
When Hill was confronted with the facts from politifact.com he said he misspoke about the unarmed part, but still every 28 hours a black man is killed by police (once again based on a report that was not developed in an unbiased way). The other person, John Parker, a political activist and the communist World Workers Party candidate for president in 2004 also parrots this propaganda. Why would a person want to continuously report data that has been debunked? Could it be because he knows that most Americans won’t check the information and many will blindly follow? What happens to that person’s goals when the truth does come out?
Also in the media a lot now is that African American’s are in prisons disproportionately. Let’s look at a comparison that may explain this:
EURO-AMERICANS make up 78% of the population and are responsible for 47% of all murders. They are also responsible for 59% of all violent crime. A violent crime committed by an Euro-American happens in America every 2 minutes. An Euro-American murders an African American every 45 1/2 hours. An Euro-American murders another Euro-American every 3 hours 20 minutes. 59% of all prison population are Euro-Americans.
AFRICAN-AMERICANS make up 13% of the population and are responsible for 48% of all murders. They are also responsible for 39% of all violent crime. A violent crime committed by an African-American happens in America every 3 1/2 minutes. An African-American murders an Euro-American every 19 1/2 hours. An African American murders another African-American 3 hours 15 minutes. 37% of all prison population are African-Americans.
CONCLUSION: Since 13% of the population is responsible for 48% of all murders and 39% of all violent crime but only make up 37% of the prison population, it appears there is no discernable disparity in crime and punishment of African-Americans.The -2% difference in prison population versus violent crimes committed is negatable.
With Euro-Americans making up 78% of the population yet being responsible for 47% of the murders and 59% of all violent crime it would be logical to conclude their tendency for violence is less than that of African-Americans. The prison population matching the percentage of violent crimes would indicate that there is no disparity in crime and punishment of Euro-Americans either.
When socio-economic class was included in the equation for crime, it was found to be a major contributing factor regardless of race.
So the next time you read that one race or another is being targeted, look at the statistics from RELIABLE sources before buying into the premise.