The Danger of Planting the Seeds of Discrimination Where None Exists


Right now, the headlines revolve around the most recent shooting of a black man by a member of law enforcement in Charlotte, N.C. Overnight, the family of Keith Lamont Scott were privately shown two police videos of Scott’s shooting, along with their attorney, Justin Bamberg. After the viewing, Bamberg reported that “it is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands.”

This only aggravates an already tense situation in the city, which has already witnessed a second shooting death of a  black man. Justin Carr, 26, died of gunshot wounds he sustained during protests Tuesday night. A short time ago, police arrested another protester who has been charged with the shooting:

 All of this angst is grounded in a myth initiated by, among others, Barack Obama and members of his administration. As I wrote yesterday, Obama, in his response to the arrest of his friend “Skip” Gates by Cambridge, Mass. police, early in his presidency, declared on national TV:
[T]here’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.

Since Obama hurled down that contentious gauntlet, the narrative has gradually been amped up by liberal politicians and the mainstream meida into the charge that blacks are killed by law enforcement disproportionately. But are they? Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute has researched the matter using government-supplied data and determined that historically whites and Hispanics are killed by police at three times the rate of blacks. Some will argue that that still represents a disparity since blacks make up only 12% of the population, but that argument conveniently overlooks the disproportionately high rate of crimes committed by blacks.

Blacks are not the only group on which liberals, in government and out, have conferred “victim” status. They have done the same with Muslims, who now freely interpret any adversity, including run-ins with the community at large, as “Islamophobic.”

Witness the events unfolding in Yonkers, N.Y., a suburb of New York City, where a Muslim group acquired an 108-year-old house with designs on converting it into a masjid, an Arabic word for mosque. The house, shown below, is an elegant old mansion whose “distinctive features include fieldstone walls, half-timbering, stucco and a large turret tower.”

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