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The Myth of Systemic Police Racism

What I find most interesting about this article is that it shows Americans not only live in what amounts to different countries, but they also inhabit what amounts to different realities. What matters is the myths, legends, and symbols that different tribes hold to and not concrete factual realities, which is why the left places so much emphasis on attacking historic iconography, even if serves no practical purpose and is strategically unwise, and why a guy like Trump is still fixated on flag-burners.

By Heather MacDonald

Manhattan Institute

Hold officers accountable who use excessive force. But there’s no evidence of widespread racial bias.

George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has revived the Obama-era narrative that law enforcement is endemically racist. On Friday, Barack Obama tweeted that for millions of black Americans, being treated differently by the criminal justice system on account of race is “tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal.’ ” Mr. Obama called on the police and the public to create a “new normal,” in which bigotry no longer “infects our institutions and our hearts.”


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  1. I would be curious to see how someone like Heather MacDonald would respond to an article like this?

    Would she claim this is an unrepresentative isolated incident? The actions of a single bad guy cop who is not reflective of cops in general? Would she claim this is statistically irrelevant anecdotal evidence?

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