Citing or implied citation of the number of caucasian versus African-American people killed by police in a vacuum of other factors, which exist but are not discussed, is far from correct in that it is not correect to ignore those other factors, circumstances or however you'd label them. The raw numbers alone provide little insight into present-day issues which evoke controversy.
Donald Trump is no one to speak with credibility on those numbers. His "history" telegraphs a perspective of which we all should take note, particularly on the death of John Lewis.
Those well-versed in sociology or even political science will tell you raw nubers are almost meaningless without context and establishing TRUE context is not always as easy as some may believe. Accordingly, to ignore that the number of whites in the U.S. is far and away greater than black; to ignore any run of the numbers to determine the PERCENTAGES or proportion of blacks who have an encounter with police then die from what police officers do to them measured against black people who survive an encounter with police while believing they were treated justly has meaning when compared to the PERCENTAGES or proportion for white people and to ignore that police, or at least SOME police, exhibit prejudice is to ignore reality. Some look at these percentages and imply or directly claim that it's evidence blacks are natural-born criminals. Others see them as evidence of a racial bias in perception or outright racism. Perhaps even this is an over-simplified analysis.
There's no denying that most African-Americans perceive there is a certain kind of "justice" they can expect which is disparate from the expectations of most whites. Although there is pushback for the concept, some believe that, when blacks -- particularly black youth -- understand a large portion of white culture, that does NOT exclude police, ASSUMES blacks are of some threat to whites or are naturally criminals by nature, this sets the predicate for or even convinces black youth their path to a meaningful or prosperous life shall be through crime. Racists then use such circumstances to persuade "their own kind" there is good reason for their embedded prejudice. And so it goes in America, the home of not JUST the brave and the free but also the prejudiced. Police are NOT immune from this problem. Thus, we have what we have.
Donald Trump is a racist and/or panders to racists. This has been clear since LONG before he became Presidnet but more so after election. He is the guy who, in 2001, CLAIMED, with absolutely no supporting evidence, to have seen Muslims in large numbers celebrating the attacks of 9-11-2001. During his campaign for the presidency, he CLAIMED, without evidence, they -- Muslims on the whole -- hate us, us being the U.S... He waged a BIRTHER hoax against President Obama. HE has referred to certain people of color as coming from "SHITHOLE countries" and has done all he could to block their immigration to the U.S. HIS travel ban(s) initiated after taking office further illustrated his irrational prejudice which ran in tandem with HIS continuing xenophobic campaign against asylum seekers coming over the U.S.-Mexico border. Then there was HIS response to what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2017. Online, he has retweeted the words of avosed racists Pat Buchanan.
President Trump has as much as labeled Black Lives Matter as a hate group, despite BLM's stated purpose for existence, NONviolence being it's chosen approach, and the support of John Lewis who marched with Martin Luther King.
For all that President Trump has had to say or write about hate and haters, it seems President Trump is the hater in chief and that status goes WAY BACK to a time before he was President, back at least to 1989.
No one should be unaware of or ignore these words written by Donald Trump.
"Mayor Koch has stated that hate and rancor should be removed from our hearts. I do not think so. I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer. [...] Yes, Mayor Koch, I want to hate these murderers and I always will." See: "Bring Back The Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!". Open Letter from Donald J. Trump at Loading Image...
It should be noted as well that the Central Park Five -- those about whom Donald Trump was writing first and foremost -- were wrongly convicted, as proven by the "Innocence Project". Last year, President Trump REFUSED to apologize for what he wrote in 1989. Regarding prejudice, I recommend you read the quoted words of Reverend Calvin O. Butts in the New York Times story cited above.
On Friday, July 17, 2020 at 1:45:19 PM UTC-7, a425couple wrote:
Any perspective on reported figures veryify that what POTUS Trump said is correct. More 'whites' are killed by police than blacks.