The latest left-wing hysteria is “Black Lives Matter” — based on the lie that black lives don’t matter because white police kill blacks wantonly.
Two weeks ago the cover of Time featured the words “Black Lives Matter” in stark white letters on a black background. The cover also featured photos of what appears to be the morally inexcusable fatal police shooting of Walter Scott, a black man, as he ran away from a routine police stop. Credit the left with never giving up. In North Charleston, South Carolina, the left finally found its seemingly perfect example of a wholly unjustified police killing of a black man. Hence the Time cover, “Black Lives Matter.”
The problem with the mantra and the hysteria is not that no blacks are ever killed unjustifiably by police. The problem is that it is so rare as to constitute a libel.
In 2013, of America’s 6,261 black homicide victims, more than 6,000 of them — 97 percent — were killed by people other than police. About three percent of black homicide victims were killed by police. And of that three percent, nearly every one was armed and dangerous. To label that an epidemic of police racism is a libel.