Millions of moms and dads will celebrate this Thanksgiving break with their kids. Alas, Michael Brown’s parents will mark this holiday without their late, world-famous son. That is a sad fact, whatever one thinks about the blazing controversy that has engulfed Ferguson, Mo.
Jermaine Jones’ family will not share turkey and gravy with him, either. On Oct. 18, Jones, 29, stood with a few friends on a street in Berkeley, Mo., adjacent to Ferguson. Police say an unknown black male opened fire, killing Jones and wounding three other black men near him. (Strangely, Jones’ sister, Margaree Dixson, was shot fatally a half-mile away, just three hours earlier. Police suspect yet another unidentified black man.)
Why has Jones’ death not unleashed riots and looting? Simple: Jones was killed by a fellow black man. Thus, his death and his loved ones’ agony generate silence.
As a St. Louis County grand jury ruled Monday, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28, lawfully shot Brown, 18, in self defense last Aug. 9. This decision has fueled widespread chaos, including arson in several cities and infernos in Ferguson that cremated 25 local businesses.
The national outrage still is at full boil over this white cop shooting an unarmed black man who acted very aggressively after robbing cigars from a convenience store. But one can hear birds chirp while listening for public outcry over the deaths of black citizens killed by black perpetrators.
Ferguson is within the St. Louis metropolitan area. The FBI’s latest homicide-rate data ranked St. Louis as America’s fourth deadliest city. Its 38 killings per 100,000 residents in 2013 put it behind Nos. 1 to 3, Detroit, New Orleans, and Newark.
University of Missouri–St. Louis criminologist David A. Klinger counts 1,265 murders in his city over the last decade. Ninety percent of those killed were black, reports Klinger, a former LAPD officer. Ninety percent of them were slain by other blacks. Klinger found 31 blacks killed by cops and 21 by white officers. So, white cops killed a whopping 1.8 percent of St. Louis’ black homicide victims. Surely, at least some of these were justified.
“While I understand the people are concerned about the use of deadly force by the police, by far — about 50 to 1 — more blacks in St. Louis are killed by other blacks as compared to white police officers,” Klinger told KMOX-TV.
Meanwhile, 98.2 percent of black murders go virtually unremarked. Where are the angry crowds demanding justice for blacks such as these who were wiped out in St. Louis by other blacks in recent months?
- Willie Earl Reed, 54, faces first-degree murder charges for taking a baseball bat and beating to death his girlfriend, Delores Hundley, 64, on March 24.
- Dominic Arrington, 38, allegedly stabbed to death April Fields on Jan. 28. The 25-year-old business student just had dropped her daughter Skylar, 3, at her daycare center. Arrington had been on parole since 2004 for the 1995 killing of his then-girlfriend’s son, also age 3.
- Carnez Winslett, 36, was gunned down outside his birthday party on Sept. 7, 2013. Police say Darnell Hollings, 21, shot 10 bullets at Winslett and his guests. Winslett was wounded mortally. Three other black men were struck, but survived.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports demonstrate that in 2013, 90 percent of black murder victims were killed by other blacks. Among whites, 83 percent of those snuffed out died at the hands of other whites. Only 8 percent of blacks who were killed that year were slain by whites. Black-on-white murders equaled just 14 percent of all white homicides last year.
Left-wing racial-grievance-mongers scream that bigoted white cops lie in wait around every corner, jonesing to blast black men into their graves.
Yes, there are bad policemen, just as there are bad priests. However, the overwhelming majority of officers work tirelessly and thanklessly to shield law-abiding black Americans from their natural enemies: black murderers.
Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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