I saw a very impressive man on TV today, a black ex-Navy guy. He said:
“When I wear my uniform, I get thanked for my service. And when I wear a suit, I get treated well.
But catch me with three days worth of beard wearing a hoodie, and suddenly everyone’s afraid of me”.
Let me start by saying this is a tragedy. However, it is more than just a tragedy. It is also a matter of statistics.
Whenever I or anyone walks down the street, we’re scanning for danger. This is especially true late at night or in a strange location.
So I’m walking down the street and I see a couple of unshaven young guys in hoodies. Here are the statistics.
• Black people commit more than half of all the murders committed in the US. More than half. 90% of these murders are committed by black men, as opposed to black women.
• Black people commit more than half of all the robberies committed in the US. More than half. 80% of these are committed by black men.
And the results are more depressing for young black people. They commit 58% of the murders and 64% of the robberies in the 18-and-under age group. And again, it’s almost all young black men, not young black women.
Next, as I discussed here, of the 607,762 violent black-white incidents recorded in 2018, black people were the offenders in over 90% of them. In other words, in nine violent incidents out of ten, whites were the victims and blacks were the offenders.
And the final statistic. Black men are only about 6% of the US population.
In other words, black men in general and young black men in particular are far and away the most dangerous of all of the large subgroups of us humanoids living in the US. They commit crimes of all types in amounts way, way out of proportion to their small percentage of the population.
I know it’s not politically correct to say that … but facts know nothing of political correctness.
So I’d have to say to that interesting Navy man that yes, if I’m walking down a strange street, I will most definitely profile every swinging richard that crosses my path, white, black, or green. Why?
Because I’d be crazy not to do what I can to identify possible problems in advance.
And yes, to my Navy friend who I thank most sincerely for your service, I must confess that I do pay careful attention to the most dangerous group of people in the US … black men.
Again, I’d be crazy not to.
Now, let me be perfectly clear that no, I don’t assume that black people are murderers and robbers, don’t be daft. Like most Americans black white and in between, I’m not racist. Plus in my case, my grandmother wouldn’t allow it, she was death on racism in any form. In the 1950s she would NOT allow the “n-word” to be spoken in her presence … a woman far, far ahead of her time.
As a result of her example and guidance, the only assumption I make about black people is the same assumption I make about every race including my own (the melanin-deficient race). That assumption is the 80/20 rule … 80% of every race of people I’ve dealt with on every continent except Antarctica are decent friendly hard-working humanoids, and the other 20% … well, not so much …
But I don’t let that blind me to reality.
Perhaps it would be clearer if we take the emotions of race out of it. I could grow my hair and my beard down to my shoulders, put on a wife-beater T-shirt, and don a black leather vest with “DESERT VIPERS” on the back with an image of a snake riding a Harley. Finish with leather riding chaps over Levis and high boots, ready to go.
And when I’d walk down the street at night, people would indeed pay close attention to me and perhaps be afraid of me … but not because of anything I’ve done.
After all, I’m still the same congenial nimrod that I was before I got all dressed up.
Nope. People would be cautious around me solely and only because I look like people known to be dangerous … and it’s perfectly reasonable for them to be cautious on that basis. In my experience, you don’t want to mess with bikers.
Sadly, the same happens to the Navy man. He gets … well, I was going to say “tarred with the same brush”, but someone would be sure to call that RACIST!!! although it has zero to do with race, viz:
TARRED WITH THE SAME BRUSH – “Someone who shares the sins or faults of another, though possibly to a lesser degree, is tarred with the same brush. The saying may have something to do with the tarred-and-feathered criminals (see below), but the reference is probably to the tarring of sheep. Owners of a flock of sheep, which can’t be branded, used to mark their wool all in the same place with a brush dipped in tar to distinguish them from sheep of another flock.
The unfortunate Navy man is suffering for the sins of people who happen to look like him. And sadly, that will NEVER end until black men, women, and teenagers commit crimes at something approximating the same rate as the rest of the population.
Finally, let me state that it is NOT RACIST to be concerned and watchful around the most dangerous subgroup in the US … it is eminently rational, logical, and reasonable. I mean, I feel the same way about Hells Angels wannabes, concerned and watchful; and I’m not gonna be afraid around old Asian ladies; and that’s not racist either.
That’s statistics …
In closing, I don’t believe in just pointing out a problem without proposing a solution. My solution would be, stop giving welfare to single mothers and withholding it from married couples. As could have been easily predicted back in the ’60s, that kind of welfare has led to the wholesale destruction of the black family, a tragedy of unimaginable dimensions. We need to reward intact families, not shattered families. When you pay women to be single mothers and they can’t get the money if they have a man in the house, and you pay them more for each additional child, guess what will happen to the number of single mothers and children without fathers?
It was very foolish and shortsighted for LBJ and others to implement those policies.
But it would be cataclysmically stupid if, with the advantage of hindsight, we did not reverse those policies.
My best regards to all my friends and readers, white, black, and everything in between. My opinion on race is, I told my gorgeous ex-fiancée that I wanted a beautiful mocha baby like so many of our friends were having at the time, but she said my only option was vanilla … I’m still bummed about that.
PS To My Navy Friend: If you don’t want to be wrongly identified with some of the worst elements in black society, you might consider not wearing hoodies … I know it’s tough to contemplate, but there are people who have been known to never wear a hoodie in their life.