"Blacks are shot and killed by police at 2.5 times the rate of whites..."
"... as of July 9 (2016), whites were 54 percent of the 440 police shooting victims this year whose race was known, blacks were 28 percent, and Hispanics were 18 percent." - Washington Post
Please see July 23rd blog on Carbuncle Moon: "some stuff about violent crime in the U.S."
Non-Hispanic blacks are 12.2% of the U.S. population, Non-Hispanic Whites 63.7 percent, Latino or Hispanics make up 16.3%, Non-Hispanic Asians 4.7%, and Non-Hispanic Native Americans and Alaskan Natives 0.7%. The U.S. population is 324,227,000.
The population of the United States was 3,929,214 in 1790. - Wikipedia
U.S. Census Bureau, Quick Facts: U.S. population was 321,418,820 (7/1/15)
There have been 93 police fatalities in the line of duty in 2016 (no exact date), 40 by gunfire. - Officer Down Memorial Page
(Updated: 10/29) After being stolen, enslaved, and transported as animals, after about 300 years of slavery, and after approximately 150 years since the abolition of slavery, including nearly 100 years of segregation -- Jim Crow laws in the South -- life for African Americans has evolved, sometimes within isolated, crime-harmed, and poverty-stricken inner-city ghettos, and for some with an evolving sense of distrust of government and the police. The historical dynamic between some in the black community and the law enforcement community has been socio-political, cultural, and can be tragic:
Three more black men were shot and unnecessarily killed by the police within the past month....
Please see Carbuncle Moon blog of July 9th, 2016.
Please give to the NAACP/ 4805 Mt. Hope Drive/ Baltimore, Maryland, 21215/ 410-580-5777 and:
The Police Protective Fund/ P.O. 1084/ Schenectady, New York, New York/ 72301/ 877-343-2477
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