Some Interesting Statistics – Peter Kirsanow – Black Attorney on Police Shootings & More

Some Interesting Statistics – Peter Kirsanow – Black Attorney on Police Shootings & More

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The uproar over police and the NFL is a very emotional issue for both sides of the debate. If you are very emotional you may want to brace yourself before reading and watching the video in this post. I should first emphasize that nobody in their right mind is saying racism does not exist. That includes white, black and other racial groups of police officers. Add to that there are plainly bad police officers that are not motivated by racism. When I was young I watched a police officer stand by while a young girl was smacked around by a children’s home administrator. I also witnessed a police officer bash my own brother in the mouth with a large flashlight for no apparent reason. That was back in the 1970’s and I doubt things have changed much.

I should first emphasize that nobody in their right mind is saying racism does not exist. That includes white, black and other racial groups of police officers. Add to that there are plainly bad police officers that are not motivated by racism. Later in life, I got to know three police officers very well on a personal level. They were all three great guys! No, all police officers are not racist or bad. The vast majority are outstanding people. I would not want to be one. The abuse and danger they face every day is not something many people would want.

Our experience with the police is very subjective. Maybe you have been pulled over for speeding or worse. Maybe you have been in trouble and needed the help of the police. Our subjective experience with the police is not an indication of the facts. As a friend of mine likes to say, “nothing matters until it becomes personal.” We tend to focus on the subjective things rather than the objective truth.

One of the principles of our country is freedom and justice for all. This is a goal but is not 100% achievable. It is something we need to remain focused on and ever vigilant to correct when we see it going astray. By and large, the military and police are given the charge of defending people from oppression and injustice. I would not stand by and watch someone treated unfairly if it was in my power to prevent it. I do not tolerate racist people in my personal life. Happily I only ever met two that I can recall. That is not many since I worked with hundreds if not thousands of people in my 60 years.

The below YouTube segment of Peter Kirsanow on Tucker Carlson is probably the most important news segment of this decade. Peter mentions subjective and objective truth. I love that! You are more likely to be killed by a black police officer if you are black. If the proportion of violent crime committed by a certain race was equal then many, many more blacks would be killed by police. Peter also explains why you are more likely to be suspected of a crime by police if you are black while admitting that in a nation of 300 plus million people there will be racists. I add there will be racists in all racial groups. I don’t like it and would not personally stand for a racist acting that way in my presence. However, I understand things better now.

Before someone questions this black attorney’s statistics take a look at the statistics for 2013 in NYC below.

Last year, 97% of all shooting victims were black or Hispanic and reside in low-income neighborhoods, – Read full story

Here are the murder and manslaughter rates for NYC for 2016. Sadly, the stats are not much different. Note: The rape and other sex crime stats are about the same percentage. Click here for the full report.

The stats remain about the same for 2008 thru 2016. Click here to see links to each year directly from the NYPD.

Of course, racism exists but it pales in comparison to black on black crime. Before we blame poverty we need to ask, why is it more white people live in poverty but do not commit the same proportional violent crimes by percentage? If racism is the reason for black people getting shot by police, why is it a higher percentage of black police officers shoot black suspects? These are serious questions for black people to talk about with each other.

 

Why Does President Trump Call it Fake News??

Why Does President Trump Call it Fake News??

Mike Kelly and Joe Episcipo Trump TowersOn a recent trip from central PA to Chicago, I visited with a Vets for Trump friend, Joe Episcopo. We found ourselves near Trump Tower. We took a few pictures in front of the Real Fake art in front of Trump Tower before heading up to the 16th floor to check out the view. It is worth the visit. In part, the Real Fake art is the inspiration for this post.

We know that some segment of our population struggles with questions related to the term Fake News. Why would anyone distort the news? Why do I as the de facto national spokesman for Vets for Trump support President Trump on the subject? Who do you trust? These are all very good questions.

Here is my opinion. Notice the keyword is “opinion” and that is where we begin. When I was young we had about 1 hour of news per day. It was from 6 PM to 7 PM. Half an hour was for local news and half an hour was for world news. There was little to no time on television for opinion journalism let alone advocacy journalism. That was relegated to some Sunday shows and the editorial pages of a newspaper. For you younger readers, the internet and smartphones did not yet exist. Today we have multiple 24 hour TV & radio news stations as well as hundreds if not thousands of websites that appear to be news. We are not even talking about Social Media outlets. Those numbers are staggering. The competition for advertising dollars is enormous. 

Shortly after retiring from the Air Force I opened a web company that relied heavily on traffic to a website for revenue. The more traffic (visitors) the more money you can demand from advertisers. The same is true on TV, radio, and print. With that in mind, I will now try to answer the question(s).

Why would anyone distort the news?

  1. First and foremost I believe it is policy to keep advertising money coming in. Follow the money!
  2. The natural slant of the news organization.
  3. The opinions held by the particular person or panel delivering the news.
  4. The inability for the public to distinguish between hard news and opinion.

Why do I support President Trump calling out Fake News?

  1. Many older Americans received a quality education. The younger generation only gets it when you create a slogan that sticks with them like “Fake News.”
  2. Most of what presents itself as news is now opinion or advocacy journalism.
  3. In my opinion, it has recently slipped more towards advocacy journalism which is the worst kind of journalism. This is evidenced by the deepening divide in America before Candidate Trump announced.
  4. When Candidate Trump was seen as a real contender hard news journalists were showing more emotion than normal.
  5. Now that he is President Trump many in the so called Conservative Camp have turned against him. This is because he wants to “drain the swamp” and that means they may lose their jobs or special interest perks.
  6. I see a little of myself in President Trump, just a little. He is tired of excuses and being politically correct. The Media thinks they are in control and have wielded power for a long time. They have an obligation to be objective but obviously, have lost all objectivity with only a few exceptions.
  7. My list could go on and on but I’m going to stop here.

Who do you trust?

  1. God
  2. Nobody
  3. Yourself
  4. I guess it just depends on your outlook on life. Outside of God, I trust few people.

Last thought:

I hear some Conservative talking heads saying things like “There is the loyal Trump supporter whose mind you will never change.” Does that mean they want to change my mind? Does that mean they think my mind should be changed? The thing that bothers me about this statement is it seems degrading. It is not like I think the man is perfect. Who is? I see his shortcomings and say, so what? The economy is doing better than ever, our enemies fear us and I feel better about the future in general. Isn’t that more important than feeling all warm and fuzzy about the guy leading our nation? I want him to be one uncompromising person when it comes to America First. Sure, we have a heart for others but we Americans and Veterans are Family and I believe in Family First! You know President Trump loves his family. I believe he loves his country in a similar fashion. Not just loves but really Big League loves 🙂

 

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