When comparing these stats, try backing of[f] what is seen for other perspectives. That statistic is only ever going to be as good as the question it’s answering. So what question do the initial 250 black fatalities and 405 white fatalities stats answer? That is an answer to “how many blacks vs. whites out of the total population are fatally shot by police?” Yet this very misleading.
Well consider a better question with respect to identities, “how many blacks in the black community vs. whites out of the total white community are fatally shot by police?” Suddenly this is where you see that out of each community, using the Washington Post Fatal Force Database… and using Census.gov (2019) statistics… indeed the story is true.
Curiosity decided to look at the entire history to date from of fatalities (Washington Post, 2021), and constructed a pivot table and found 252 Blacks, and 424 Whites, then rebased this with each respective population per U.S. Census (2021) statistics of 43,984,096 blacks and 250,446,756 whites. Mathematical habit adjusted this per million to move the decimal over a bit for easier comparison. And there it is… 3.384 times as likely to be shot as a black in the population of blacks that a white in the population of whites.
|Sum of fatality||20||252||168||13||9||424|
|Proportions of Race to Population 2019||0.00000572934362||0.00000169297461|
This is the Thomas Theorem at work, perceptions right? But wait! There’s more… why? Because there’s something odd here.
There are a whole slew of hidden variables at work, waiting to be discovered, like, what’s the socioeconomic difference between the white and blacks, or how about this question, “in the topology of beings representing ideal <desegregated|homogenization> of race (i.e., ~45-50% racial makeup) by socioeconomic wealth equality, of these, which represent ideal racial composition, what are the comparable proportion of blacks vs. whites with respect to their total population in these communities that suffer police fatality, where police fatality may be any interchangeable event/status metric that is correlated to measures of happiness and well being (i.e., longevity, cancer incidence, wealth, income, etc.), and where black/white is an interchangeable indicator of any division of life categorized (divided) correlated to perceptions of differences (hence sociological perspective) that lead to stereotypes, prejudiced, and discriminative behavior of any form of identity, where the impact to planetary impact of identity is measured by a value factor with respect to the ecological impact and carbon footprint of identity maintenance over a depreciating curve much like businesses benefit, but individuals do not.
It’s not the math degree that helped this thought process. It’s the absence of dividing sensory perceptions of I, you, We, they, self, other, my, your, I am because, You are because, I am because of this in the past, You are because of this in the future… all very metabolically expensive identity maintenance functions that do not leave room to help others… like those experiencing police fatalities more… yet the enticement to test if the fatalities occur more often or not, in ideal conditions, either way, it further sheds light on inequality by socio-economic conditions, or quite possibly another variable correlated to, quite possibly, and most likely, stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination.
This kind of work should be paid for in humanity, a kind of clean up crew.
Washington Post. (2021). Police shootings database 2015-2021. washingtonpost.com (https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings-database/)
U.S. Census. (2021 April 28). U.S. Census Quick Facts United States [filtered by 2019]. census.gov (https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/PST045219)