Friday, August 12, 2016

Two articles from The Week for refuting the race reductionism of #BlackLivesMatter

To end police violence, we have to end poverty:
For prison, the difference in lifetime risk of incarceration is something like ten times as great for low-class blacks as it is for high-class blacks. If we assume that the police are generally arresting the same people they interact with generally, then something similar likely holds for police shootings. What accounts for this? Poverty, I will argue.
Do American cops have a race problem? Or a class problem?:
Overrepresentation of blacks among the victims of deadly police violence can be at least partially explained by high rates of black poverty (27 percent) in comparison to the rate among whites (10 percent)