Anger and Division Will Not End Racism

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

By Oliver James Pike

I understand a fury in your words

But not the words.

Othello (4.2.32-3)

Anyone who watched the horrific video of George Floyd's death is right to be disgusted and enraged. However, as violence and destruction erupts it appears many have lost sight of common sense and decency. Unlike the civil rights protests of the past (which focussed on specific racist laws)the recent demonstrations appear to be providing no solution to a problem that it has deliberately overblown for political aims. In the place of logical problem solving and democratic discourse we have seen wild policy suggestions, despicable violence and a new wave of patronising virtue signalling.

Before getting into the problem at hand and the proposed suggestions from protestors, it is important to take a breath and consider the extent of the problem. in the UK only two unarmed people were killed last year and in the

The US only 24% of a surprisingly small number of deaths were black people. Meanwhile this group accounts for over 50% of crimes committed. Furthermore, once we take into account the arming of the police in the US and the disproportionate nature that African Americans commit crime, the problem becomes even less severe. When an allegation of police brutality is made, either justice is served or ,after an investigation and the unraveling of inflammatory and dishonest media coverage, actions of the police involved are deemed lawful or negligent at worst.

All of this is not to say that there is not a problem. There is. However, it has been taken for granted that racism is the root of every example of police negligence and that as a result all cops and the police as an institution are inherently racist. I have seen countless videos of white teenage girls punched choked and body-slammed by cops for minor offences, white men beaten within an inch of their lives and yes, black people treated atrociously. It may be the case that in the vast majority of cases that poor training is to blame for the deaths, not racist police officers. There is undeniably some racist police and where wrongdoing and racism are obvious it should be dealt with as such. However, we must not get carried away and label law enforcement across the world as racist after a surface-level analysis of a complex issue. The scale is important.

In the wave of understandable emotion following the tragic death, far-left activists appear to have hijacked the public discourse to play on anger and division and push a dangerous agenda. Black lives matter is the rallying cry of the loosely defined movement that has been front and center of the protests. The sentiment behind the slogan is perfectly legitimate yet the organisation "Black Lives Matter" which coined the phrase appears to be interested in far more than issues relating to police brutality. For example, the group claims to seek to undermine the family unit and replace it with a form of community upbringing for children (at least according to its website). While many on the left may sympathise with the aim of destroying what it sees as a patriarchal institution, I do not see how it has anything to do with the actions of the police. In fact, it has been noted by black individuals from Obama to John Boyega, who spoke to crowds at one BLM protest in London that single-parent families and the loss of a father figure are a significant factor in leading young black men into a life of crime. Boyega's speech was a welcome addition to the cacophony yet I doubt that the majority of protestors would share this sentiment and would rather blame white privilege and law enforcement for the plight of black people. Even those supporting this cry for personal responsibility are likely unaware of the anti-family rhetoric of the black lives matter organisation. In this respect, BLM appears to be actively working to undermine a structure that could help the black community in the US and UK.

When it comes to the issue of the police,

the organisation also promotes the idea of defunding. What this would actually entail is a mystery and the concept appears utterly insane. If the protestors (as some rightfully have) were calling for more transparency in police compliant processes or better training to avoid unfortunate situations, then I could get behind things wholeheartedly. However, the defunding of the police is an idea that I cannot support. This is yet another example of the organisation acting contrary to the interests of black people. Once we consider the extent of black on black crime we see how destructive withdrawing law enforcement from these communities ,In any way, would be and the harm they could do to the very people this policy is apparently designed to help. We have seen what withdrawing the police can lead to as cities are set ablaze people are killed and businesses (many owned by black people) are destroyed.

This also plays into a wider hatred of the police which has been spawned. Several police officers have been assaulted, shot and killed. Were these officers racist? In fact many of the officers murdered in the name of the movement even before the recent protests we're of ethnic backgrounds. The dangerous lie that all police are racist has created an atmosphere where people cheer as a female officer is knocked from a horse and put in hospital in London while across the ocean firebombs are thrown into police cars setting people ,doing their jobs and trying to protect those not resorting to violence, on fire.

Many would argue that this does not represent the movement as a whole. However, the inability of many to condemn the violence is shocking. Furthermore, the active promotion of anti police material online is directly linked to the violence and supporting groups such as ANTIFA (an organisation made up prodiminanty of white middle class people) can be seen as nothing but advocacy of the violent form of protesting.

Instead of this response, a measured approach to police reform that recognises the scale and nature of the problem appropriately should be adopted.

Those peacefully protesting are also engaged in mob lunacy. The new calls denouncing white privilege have created a surge of virtue signalling. Toddlers are photographed with signs apologising for privilege, as if they are any way complicit in the crimes of their ancestors. Politicians and social media influencers kneel and march for photo ops and then return home having "done their part". Millions of people have posted blacked out profile pictures and some have demonised and harassed those who did not. Statues of Abraham Lincoln who ended slavery are defaced and white people as a whole are blamed for being complicit in racism for nothing more than being of a certain skin colour. The same people who bayed for blood when Dominic Cummings " broke lockdown rules" are now congregating in the hundreds of thousands risking a new spike, warranting a second tightening of lockdown . The same people who virtously contributed to Captain Tom's nhs fundraising efforts now stand alongside those desecrating war memorials ,paying respect to those who gave their life fighting against the racial hatred of nazi Germany and the right to protest that so many have abused . where is the decency? and more importantly the solutions?

All I can divine from recent events is a boiling over of anger and the hijacking of what should have been a reasonable discussion about racism and the actions of the police. What we need more than ever is a civil and sensible discussion. That way the problem can be solved without it, racial tensions and unnecessary violence are all that can follow.