Get Off Your Knees

BY FRANK HAVILAND

Let’s get it right: George Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin on the 25th of May in Minneapolis; a monstrous crime. Not only did Chauvin fail to act legally, the police have a duty of protection to all. Floyd did not receive that protection. The notions doing the rounds however, that his murder would be somewhat less heinous had a black police officer committed it or had he been white, are beneath contempt.  

Let’s also get it right in terms of the police: they’re not saints either. So sure, nick the Old Bill when they are systemically at fault – there’s plenty of examples to choose from. In Britain they seem to police everything except crime, reject white, heterosexual applicants, and ponce around in nails and high heels – that is when they’re not investigating pensioners’ tweets, policing pronouns, or turning a blind eye to Muslim rape gangs of course.

What you cannot reasonably do is lynch an entire institution for the actions of one man. Black lives matter, but so unfortunately do facts – even ones you don’t like. And while the concept of police brutality, let alone a discriminatory one, is deadly serious, the truth is clear for anyone who wants to examine it: the police do not disproportionately target black people.

Black people constitute around 13% of the US population, but it’s a fact that they are vastly over-represented in criminal activity: 62% of robberies, 57% of murders and 45% of assaults for example. It is not unreasonable to highlight the fact that black criminals are therefore disproportionately coming into contact with the police.

Still, deaths in police custody are low. While 12 percent of white and Hispanic homicide victims die at the hands of police, the comparable black victim rate is just four percent. Another fact. Far from police brutality, officers are almost 19 times more likely to be killed by a black assailant than the other way around.

I do not dismiss the claims of police brutality lightly. In many ways, it would almost be preferable if there were police bias here: that could be dealt with. What it appears we are suffering from instead is a narrative bias, and that may prove almost impossible to eradicate, at least in our lifetimes.

We are saturated with the ‘black victimhood’ narrative by groups like Black Lives Matter. Left-wing politicians spoon-feed the black community a nonstop diet of victimhood in return for votes, then tell them they ‘ain’t black’ if they dare vote the wrong way. Millionaire celebrities use the black community as a pawn to score woke points from, while multinationals use them to sell their crap. It’s a dirty game.

As an illustration, ask yourself how bothered you were about the police murders of Daniel Shaver, Brandon Stanley, or James Scott?  You never heard of them did you? Neither did I. They were white men, and no one has yet identified a way to weaponise their deaths.

There were no riots when a black man filmed himself beating pensioners in a care home recently. There were no riots at the derisory probation handed to Brittany Covington, who livestreamed the racially-aggravated torture of a white mentally ill teenager. There were no riots when Emmanuel Aranda threw 5-year-old Landen Hoffmann off a third-floor balcony.

Unlike the shrine to Stephen Lawrence, there will be no shrine for Lee Rigby. His mother will not be made a baroness, and is unlikely to be heading a Labour probe into the coronavirus anytime soon.

The race-baiters have done well – the only thing that now counts in political discourse is who has the victimhood Top Trump, which is why the bandwagons now come and go at an alarming rate. The climate crisis evaporated (sorry Greta) the minute a racist virus showed up. And now Floyd’s death has suddenly made lockdown optional.

As with all recent protests, this one is about everything except George Floyd: hatred of Trump, hatred of Britain, or merely opposition to Brexit or Boris, thinly-concealed behind an Antifa mask, and the sham of virtue. It is no coincidence that flat screen TV’s and Nike shoes appear to be ‘what George would have wanted’, nor that in London the ultimate target was the Cenotaph.

So by all means criticise the police, but do so for the right reasons. They are currently pandering to the mob, and failing in their duty to uphold the law. They are now not only getting routinely assaulted, but kneeling down for the privilege.

So no, I shall not be taking a knee anytime soon – I still reserve that supplication for Her Majesty and the hokey-cokey.