MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION in Race Relations-How do you overcome incorrect deeply held perceptions?
Either cops of all races and all cities and all states (SOCIETY) think an itchy trigger finger around Americans who happen to be black is somehow MORE excusable than with Americans who happen to be OTHER, or Americans who happen to be black are incorrectly thinking they are being killed BECAUSE they are not Americans who happen to be white.
A very interesting discussion within my family happened (by keyboard) the other other day and I discovered that data gets little respect, BOTH from those who are left and right.
I theorized based on FINDABLE DATA that police nationwide are NOT shooting Americans who happen to be black with some kind of impunity.
Now out in the USA there is NO DOUBT that a sincerely held perception by the majority of the ‘black community’ (as much as there can be such a thing)... BELIEVES cops are doing them in.
They propose rather BITTERLY and counterproductively in a lot of cases that white America’s perception they are not being targeted is in error. WaPo, after putting an entire team on this for a year also found no data to support this, but yet still could not leave their article without voicing suspicion about their own analysis
I see very little if any data to support the BLM idea. The counter to this is that this does not make the proposition false, just that the system has not (and won’t?) produce that data.
So HOW ON EARTH do we reach a an idea of solution?
There is no basis for a discussion if there are no facts. It's just an argument about arguments in the void.
Newt Gingrich and Van Jones had very interesting discussion about this (video at bottom and worth watching), but to even REACH that point the basis was that cops ARE shooting black Americans as BLM proposes.
That protests went forward after Dallas is iconic for how dangerous this moment is.
To bridge this gap we have the wrong leaders now and the wrong people running. I see no one in congress or the senate on either side of this issue COMPETENT or with the will to help.
It will have to be among the people.
At least duking it out about facts and perceptions face to face with words will ENLIGHTEN each other about the size of the gap and what we have to do to bridge it.
After all, there is no divorce in this marriage.