With the Ferguson riots, the subsequent appearance of the Black Lives Matter movement and the recent assassination of a Texas cop by a black man, race is a big issue in the ongoing debate over “gun violence.” There are some very interesting Department of Justice stats in regards to race and violent crime . . .
For example, white offenders attack whites 82.4 percent of the time, and black victims just 3.6 percent of the time (chart at the top of the page). In contrast, black offenders attack blacks 40.9 percent of the time, and white victims 38.6 percent of the time. (Chart just above this paragragh.)
Rather than acknowledging the clear link between lax gun laws and deadly shootings, a Texas congressman has found a new culprit: multiculturalism. On the Chris Salcedo Show last week, the radio host asked Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) to weigh in on the horrific shooting on live TV of two journalists in Virginia. After acknowledging that widespread gun violence is a daily occurrence in the United States, Sessions zeroed in on what he viewed as the real cause.
“It has a lot to do with distrust of people. Chris, I have been in lots of societies, we could say like Japan, where they have a homogeneous society, where people are more alike,” Sessions said. He went on to discuss “this thought process that we have to have diversity in America.”
Although Sessions did acknowledge that “we should and we need to work for” a kind of mutual respect across diverse groups, the thrust of his remarks was that diversity breeds a kind of mistrust that sparks gun violence. “We have a group of people that are in our country that we’re afraid of, that have created chaos and confusion. And now our country is confused” he told Salcedo, without elaborating on precisely who that group of people is.
Is Sessions a racist? Is it racist to suggest that the the majority of people shooting people in minority communities are minorities – even though in absolute numbers more whites commit more violent crime than blacks? Is Donald Trump a racist for asserting that there are killers amongst illegal immigrants inside the U.S.? Is it racist to single out Muslim extremists as proto-terrorists? Is using the word racist racist?