The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley said Tuesday the real cause of violence in black communities is black-on-black crime and not police officers.
“The issue here is black criminality, not the behavior of cops,” Riley told Fox News host Megyn Kelly, noting the homicide of African-Americans is too high, and the “leading cause of death for young black men.”
Riley, who appeared with Vincent Warren of the Center for Constitutional Rights, also echoed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments on “Meet the Press” Sunday, saying the main reason for deaths among African-Americans is “because other black people are shooting them.”
“Yeah, the left is selling a false narrative here. We have too many dead black bodies in this country. But cops are not the reason. The black homicide rate is much too high. It is the leading cause of death for young black men. But blacks also commit seven to 10 times more violent crime in this country than whites do, and 90 percent of their victims are other black people. We have so many dead black bodies in this country, Megyn, not because cops are shooting them, but because other black people are shooting them. And the left is selling a false narrative pretending that the opposite is true.
“The issue here is black criminality, not the behavior of cops. It’s the behavior of the young black men in these communities. Whenever a Ferguson goes down, we start talking about racial profiling, we start talking about poverty, we start talking about unemployment. We start talking about tensions between the cops and black people. Those are facts. Those are not causes. The cause here is black criminality, the fact that blacks, who are 13 percent of the population, are responsible for an outsized amount of violent crime in this country. Until that ends, you are going to have racial profiling. You are going to have tensions between blacks and whites.
“It’s not about the police, it is not about the over-policing of black communities and young black men getting picked on by cops. Blacks are arrested at the same rate that victims of crimes identify blacks as their assailants. Cops are in these communities because that’s where the 9-1-1 calls originate. They’re originally there stopping blacks from harming one another. This is not about the cops.
“The left wants to use racism as an all-purpose explanation for what ails the black community. Certain situations fit that narrative, like Ferguson, certain situations do not, like Chicago.”