Since no government agency was keeping track of police shootings in Florida, the took on the task. The newspaper tracked 827 police shootings in Florida over six years and analyzed each one.
“Most of the shootings seem justified,” the concluded. But, the newspaper said, there also are
And the found something else: “Police are more likely to shoot if you’re black.” lead to a conclusion as obvious as it is inescapable: Racial bias plays a role in police shootings.
To which many no doubt would respond: Tell me something I know.
The idea that there is racial bias in policing is now so accepted that the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police .
And policing is not alone. , if a black man and a white man enter a store or hail a taxi, few would doubt who is more likely to be followed around the store and less likely to get the cab. Even in the hard sciences, where objectivity theoretically is at a premium, black scholars .
Everyone – or at least everyone on the political left – would agree: Racial bias is part of every aspect of American life. Everyone, that is, except those liberals who keep insisting that one field is magically exempt: child welfare.
Those who are, to use one of child welfare’s favorite phrases, “in denial,” tell us the grossly disproportionate rate at which black families are investigated as alleged child abusers and have their children taken away has nothing to do with race – it’s because of poverty. (This is actually an improvement; I’m old enough to remember when the child welfare establishment insisted they never took children because of poverty either.)
In fact, it’s both. Broad neglect laws make it easy to But even when you factor in poverty, finds racial bias over and above the class bias.
This willful blindness among some of my fellow liberals also can be seen in certain newsrooms – such as the
In an last year, the acknowledged that Hillsborough County (metropolitan Tampa) took away children at the highest rate in the state. The newspaper even noted that the rate of removal in Hillsborough was far higher than Miami-Dade County, which has nearly double Hillsborough’s population.
But bias? No way! And, opines the anyone who thinks there’s a problem can’t possibly be a good liberal. As the editorial put it:
And what are those facts?
There’s just one problem with that: The rate of child poverty is where, the acknowledges, far fewer children are taken.
Another of the facts: In the majority of cases, children are not removed from their homes.
Well, yes. But in the majority of cases where police confront citizens, they don’t shoot them. That doesn’t mean no one is ever wrongfully shot, as the has just illustrated.
But most striking was this argument:
The series on police shootings produced a strikingly similar statistic, but a vastly different conclusion:
So to review: When judges rubber-stamp removals of children from their homes, it means the removals must be justified. When prosecutors won’t prosecute police it means police are not being held accountable.
Of course, one can see why some liberals would cling to the notion that child protection workers are somehow immune from bias. After all, they’re caseworkers, not hard-nosed cops. Right?
Not so in six Florida counties, including some large ones. In those counties, sheriffs’ departments investigate child abuse allegations and remove children. The counties include four in the circulation area: Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee and Hillsborough.
Once again, to review: In the considered opinion of the if a sheriff’s deputy confronts a black man and shoots him, there may be bias. If a sheriff’s deputy confronts a black man and takes away his children, there can’t be bias.
Because, as far as the is concerned, those who take away children are always right.