On June 2, 2020, The Charlie Kirk show, hosted by Turning Point founder Charlie Kirk, released a podcast explaining why police are not racist. He interviews Heather MacDonald, author of ‘War on CopsÂ’ and expert on police brutality. This episode of The Charlie Kirk Show could not be more aptly timed. They lay out the facts and debunk the lies that the media has been so quick to feed us lately. Kirk often quotes Ben Shapiro in saying, facts do not care about your feelings, and now more than ever we need to focus on what is real and what is a faĂ§ade.
In recent weeks America has faced tragedy. George Floyd was killed by a bad police officer. In no way was this death justified or right, but ever since his death cops have been attacked as racists and murderers. Because this one officer did an awful thing, all officers around the country are being assaulted, attacked and seen as evil. It is said that we are, Â“living through an epidemic of racially biased police shootings of black menÂ”. NowÂ… epidemic sounds a little excessive to me. Epidemic is defined as, Â“a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.Â” A widespread occurrence does not accurately describe what is happening in America, but since Black Lives Matter has been brought back to the spotlight they would like you to believe it is.
<blockquote class=â€ťtwitter-tweetâ€ť><p lang=â€ťenâ€ť dir=â€ťltrâ€ť>If you believe the police are systemically racist, youâ€™re supporting a lie designed to make you mad and cause civil discord in America.</p>— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) <a href=â€ťhttps://twitter.com/charliekirk11/status/1267900615868297216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwâ€ť>June 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=â€ťhttps://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsâ€ť charset=â€ťutf-8â€ł></script>
They would like you to believe that all cops are as bad as Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd. They would like you to believe that hundreds of unarmed black men are killed at the hands of police offers every year. This is again, not the case. Nine. Nine unarmed black men were killed at the hands of police officers in 2019. Now, I will admit that nine is nine too many, but this in no way proves that there is systemic racism within police departments around the country, considering the number of unarmed white men killed is over double that of black men. 19 white men and nine black men. As much as we all wish these 28 men were still here with us, this is not the case, and I am no way excusing that. But, are we to expect that all officers make all the right decisions, all the time? We are human, and this is not condoning murder, this is humanizing the badge. This is understanding that in all races, occupations and walks of life there are bad people or people who make poor decisions.
<blockquote class=â€ťtwitter-tweetâ€ť><p lang=â€ťenâ€ť dir=â€ťltrâ€ť>How many unarmed blacks were killed by cops last year? 9. How many unarmed whites were killed by cops last year? 19. More officers are killed every year than are unarmed blacks. When do the <a href=â€ťhttps://twitter.com/hashtag/BlueLivesMatter?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwâ€ť>#BlueLivesMatter</a> protests begin?<a href=â€ťhttps://twitter.com/hashtag/GeorgeFloyd?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwâ€ť>#GeorgeFloyd</a></p>— Larry Elder (@larryelder) <a href=â€ťhttps://twitter.com/larryelder/status/1267996843931168768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwâ€ť>June 3, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=â€ťhttps://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsâ€ť charset=â€ťutf-8â€ł></script>
These police officers risk their lives on a daily basis for the good of their community. Recently standing in between rioters and small businesses in their communities. Protecting their brothers in blue and all they represent. Officers around the country take an oath to serve and protect and it is obvious that they have been doing this to the best of their ability in the midst of this chaos. Many officers kneeling in prayer, hugging, consoling and standing with those peaceful protesters who want to see a change. Police Officers do not want to be represented by the likes of Chauvin. They do not want senseless violence and murder. They want peace and lawful change to be made to protect themselves and those they protect.
From the daughter of a police officer for 20 years. I have a very unique perspective. I know these officers as people. The majority are great people. They choose to receive the hate, the backlash, the danger every day in their jobs and they do it for you. They do it for those who cannot protect themselves and they understand that they are not perfect. They do their best, they work with the best and worst of our society and handle themselves as professionals. These officers do not walk around looking for people to kill. They look for people to protect, people to help and peace to be kept. This is the time where we need to back the blue and we need to support those that protect everyone, despite race, ethnicity, gender or religion. They are the blue line that stands between you and the evil that you pretend doesnÂ’t exist and they need us now more than ever.
Student and TPUSA President and activist.
Freedom isnâ€™t free.