Taylor Hayes’ homicide is the latest case in which detectives believe an individual has information on who killed a child but is not cooperating.
The link to this story came across my Facebook newsfeed. The person who posted it commented,
“You don’t know her name. You don’t want to know her name. She does not matter. Don’t worry, she wasn’t killed by a Cop or White Dude. And of course I am wrong for talking about her.
“The death Thursday of Taylor Hayes — the 7-year-old girl who had struggled to survive for two weeks after being shot — has once again elicited anger about Baltimore’s notorious ‘no-snitching’ ethos.
“Taylor’s homicide is the latest high-profile case in which detectives believe an individual has information on who killed a child — but won’t cooperate.
“What was her name?”
No whites or cops involved? No wonder we don’t know her name, or her story!
Her name, of course, is Taylor. But the reason why her name, and her story, are not as widely known as, say, that of Freddie Gray or Trayvon Martin is that her story does not fit the “national narrative,” which portrays blacks as the innocent victims of police violence. Mostly perpetrated by white officers, of course, according to this narrative; but cops in general (and to a lesser but still significant extent, whites in general) are the bad guys.
The reality is far different. It is not whites, or cops of any race, that are largely responsible for violence against African Americans; it is their fellow blacks. 8.6% of blacks killed were killed by whites in 2016 (note that 15.8% of white victims were killed by blacks, that same year: nearly twice the rate, despite blacks making up a substantially smaller percentage of the population) – but 89.3% of blacks were killed by other blacks. This, according to a US News and World Report article from September of 2016, entitled “Race and Homicide in America, by the Numbers.”
Yet you still see lunacy like this…
Can we say, “disconnected from reality,” boys and girls…?
I couldn’t find similar percentage figures for police, but I did learn that in 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer, and that black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. In other words, police have far more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. If LEOs might sometimes be a little jumpy in such situations, it’s not without reason.
But again, that doesn’t fit the national narrative – or perhaps I ought to say the “progressive,” or more accurately Leftist (since it’s anything but authentically progressive – more like retrogressive), narrative – so we don’t hear about those figures.
We live in sad times.
One other point needs to be made, and it was raised in the NY Post essay cited above:
“Violent crime has now risen by a significant amount for two consecutive years. The total number of violent crimes rose 4.1 percent in 2016, and estimated homicides rose 8.6 percent. In 2015, violent crime rose by nearly 4 percent and estimated homicides by nearly 11 percent. The last time violence rose two years in a row was 2005-06.
“The reason for the current increase is what I have called the Ferguson Effect. Cops are backing off of proactive policing in high-crime minority neighborhoods, and criminals are becoming emboldened. Having been told incessantly by politicians, the media and Black Lives Matter activists that they are bigoted for getting out of their cars and questioning someone loitering on a known drug corner at 2 a.m., many officers are instead just driving by.
“Such stops are discretionary; cops don’t have to make them. And when political elites demonize the police for just such proactive policing, we shouldn’t be surprised when cops get the message and do less of it. Seventy-two percent of the nation’s officers say that they and their colleagues are now less willing to stop and question suspicious persons, according to a Pew Research poll released in January 2017. The reason is the persistent anti-cop climate.”
This is, or should be, a concern for all Americans, regardless of race, location, or economic status. “No-go zones” in the U.S.? This, my friends, is a problem!