How come every time an African-American is fatally shot by the police, the first thing listed in the article is that he was black?
Yet when anyone other than an African-American is fatally shot by the police, race and color are not mentioned? If we are going to identify the color of victims for one segment of our society, then we should equally identify the color of all victims.
According to The Washington Post, there have been 719 fatal police shootings in 2016, and the breakdown might surprise you: 330 white, 175 black, 113 Hispanic, 20 other and 74 unknown. Nearly twice as many white people, 46 percent, have been killed by the police, but I guess that does not sell papers or add fuel to the racism fire.
Of course, whites, Hispanics, others and unknowns don’t seem to burn down their neighborhood Walmart and other local businesses either. With whites making up 46 percent of fatal police shootings, compared to blacks making up 24 percent of fatal police shootings, I wonder what the African-American community would say about these statistics?
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Mike Simmons, Fresno