Somebody posted this meme on the It’s Okay to be White space on Quora:
The post was reported, and this was my response:
Report reason: Harassment or Hatespeech (explanation: This answer is clearly racist and lists numbers that do not represent the truth at all Mass shootings by shooter’s race in the U.S. 2021 | Statista [ Mass shootings by shooter’s race in the U.S. 2021 | Statista ])
Yes, according to Statistica, whites commit 68% of mass shootings, while blacks commit 21%.
It’s worth noting that Statistica goes out of its way to defend blacks from the obvious conclusion that they commit a disproportionate number of these shootings:
“While a superficial comparison of the statistics seems to suggest African American shooters are over-represented and Latino shooters underrepresented, the fact that the shooter’s race is unclear in around 10 percent of cases, along with the different time frames over which these statistics are calculated, means no such conclusions should be drawn.”
… which makes me wonder how they define “mass shooting” for this report. The only way to find out is to pay for membership, and I’m not prepared to do this. The fact that they only count 129 of such “mass shootings” over a 40 year period (1982–2022) strongly implies that only the highest-profile cases were counted. However, if we define “mass shooting” as 4 or more victims, then American Renaissance (We Don’t Have a Gun Problem. We Have a Race Problem. – American Renaissance (amren.com)) shows us a different picture:
This is from Wikipedia, and considering that each red dot is a “mass shooting,” and that this is only for ONE YEAR, obviously, Statistica is using a much different definition. I suspect that their goal was to maximize the white proportion of shooters, because Wikipedia states (Mass shootings in the United States – Wikipedia):
“According to the Associated Press, white men comprise nearly 50 percent of all mass shooters in the US.”
Considering the fact that hardly ANY mass shooters are female, it appears that Statistica tailored its definition of “mass shooting” in order to raise the white proportion from “nearly 50%” (Associated Press) to 68%. Yes, it looks like Statistica has an anti-white bias here.
I’ll also point out that the meme clearly deals with only one year: 2021, and counts 221 mass shootings for that one year. Obviously, the meme uses a radically different definition of “mass shooing” than does Statistica, so for the reporter to cite Statistica, in this context, makes no sense.
But getting back to the American Renaissance article, it raises a valid point. We shouldn’t be concerned ONLY with mass shootings; they account for a miniscule proportion of gun killings in the US. Meanwhile, blacks commit a MAJORITY of gun murders overall, hence the title of the American Renaissance article.
On another note, a few days ago, we read about a “random” black-on-Asian attack in Los Angeles. Here’s the attacker:
Now that the suspect, Tony Earl King, has been arrested, CNN has reported it in its usual way, by sanitizing the racial aspect of it. The article omits any photos of the suspect, and neglects to point out that he’s black.
However, the article does mention the race of the perpetrator when discussing the murder of an Asian man that happened nearly 40 years ago:
“Seeing an Asian man being beaten in Koreatown nearly 40 years to the day of the brutal murder of Vincent Chin is a sobering reminder of how anti-Asian violence continues on,” said Connie Chung Joe, who heads non-profit Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.
“Whether the police ultimately decides it has sufficient evidence to call this a hate crime or not, there’s no doubt that for our Asian American community, this is another example of the surge in violence and attacks against our community during this pandemic,” she said.
Chin, a Chinese American, was beaten to death in Detroit in 1982 by two White men who worked in the automotive industry during a time when the sector was facing economic decline due to Japanese competition. The pair didn’t spend a full day in jail for their crime.
So we see that CNN has no problem bringing up the race of perpetrators – as long as they happen to be white.
Since CNN brought up the issue of murderers walking free, now is a good time to point out that Mohamed Noor, who murdered Justine Damon in Minneapolis a few years ago, has been released from prison. He served less than five years. Noor was a police officer, and should have been held to higher standards because of this. Instead, he got off with a slap on the wrist.
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