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Mr. Dyson might want to try protesting a little harder. Chicago had 507 murders in 2012, only 26% of which were solved. “To put it another way: About three-quarters of the people who killed someone in Chicago in 2012 have gotten away with murder—so far, at least,” Chicago Magazine noted. Mr. Dyson and others on the left are not oblivious to this black pathology, but they are at pains even to acknowledge it, let alone make it a focus. Instead, liberals spend their time spotlighting white racism, real or imagined, and touting it as an all-purpose explanation for bad black outcomes.

Ferguson helps further that agenda in ways that Chicago does not. Hence, the left posits that the Michael Brown shooting is the norm, even though the data show that it’s the exception. And if black criminal behavior is a response to white racism, how is it that black crime rates were lower in the 1940s and 1950s, when black poverty was higher, racial discrimination was rampant and legal, and the country was more than a half-century away from twice electing a black president?

In the aftermath of the grand jury decision to not indict the officer for the death of Michael Brown, we saw a predictable recurrence of rioting and property destruction. We also saw a predictable outpouring of liberal justification and rationalization for this pre-meditated criminal behaviour. Because, in the parlance of the Twitter meme; #blacklivesmatter

If #blacklivesmatter, then why do we not see continual protests and rioting in the names of those thousands of blacks killed every year by people in their own neighborhoods? The incidence of homicide among young black males is many multiples higher than for males in other racial groups. Over 90% of black homicides are committed by other blacks. The share of black deaths at the hands of white police officers is a tiny fraction of a fraction.

Others have asked this question more eloquently than me, but where are the protests in Chicago? In New Orleans? In New York? Los Angeles?

I do not condone police brutality. In this case, the facts (not false rumour, the facts) were presented to an impartial panel. The panel did not find probable cause of a crime having been committed.

You can say that Brown’s death seems pointless and sad, but you cannot say that he was an innocent. You cannot raise him up as some symbol of all that is wrong with race relations or the plight of Black Americans. There are countless thousands being murdered every year. Protest that. Do something about that. Destroying businesses and property, looting the very neighborhoods said to be victimized by racist America. How is that a solution?

How about this: #everylifematters

The Other Ferguson Tragedy