• Pastor CW Fergins

All Lies Matter: How Fake News Kills Black People

At the height of the George Floyd protests last year the above image of "stats" began circulating on Facebook. The graphic supposedly paints a grim picture of Black crime, but as you may have guessed, it's completely false.

Reuter's did an excellent job debunking this with the following:

According to the FBI’s Expanded Homicide data from 2018, the most recent report of this kind Reuters was able to find... 80.7% of the murders of white people were committed by white offenders (2,677 of a total of 3,315) while 15.5% of the murders of white people were committed by Black offenders (514)...

FBI data from 2017 also follows this trend:

80.2% of white victims were killed by white offenders,

8.9% of Black victims were killed by whites,

88.5% of Black victims were killed by Blacks,

and 16.1% of whites were killed by Blacks... [1]

The graphic gives the impression that Blacks are out murdering everyone in sight, which is far from true, but some believe this. One such person was Dylann Roof. After the killing of Trayvon Martin, Roof went online to see what all of the noise was about and stumbled upon one of the many websites out there that put forward the false narrative of skyrocketing Black-on-White crime, like the above graphic. Believing that Blacks were systematically killing Whites, Roof decided that he needed to act. He proceeded to kill 9 Black worshipers after joining their Bible study at Emanuel AME. When a survivor asked why he was doing this he said "I have to do it... You rape our women and you're taking over our country, and you have to go."[2]

There is a long history in America of lies and myths of Black criminality which has resulted in scores of dead Negroes. Of the roughly 6,500 Blacks who have been lynched in this country, a good number were Black men falsely accused of raping White women and girls. The destruction of Black Wall Street in Tulsa and the murder of hundreds of it's Black residents was sparked by a lie that a Black man had sexually assaulted a White woman.[3] Lies that continue to perpetuate the stereotype of inherent and aggressive criminality in Blacks, especially Black males, are fatal. From Emmett Till on to today, little white lies get Negroes killed.

[1] Fact check: False data on U.S. racial murder rates By Reuters Staff [2] Dylann Roof’s racist rants read in court By CNN What Happened When Dylann Roof Asked Google For Information About Race? By NPR

Charleston shooting: Dylann Roof named as suspect By BBC [3] Tulsa Race Massacre by History.Com Editors 99 years ago today, America was shaken by one of its deadliest acts of racial violence by CNN

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