“I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman” those stunning words were spoken by the Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison, further explaining that until disparities are resolved within the criminal justice system racism will never be over.

The Acclaimed novelist went on to elaborate: “People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race,’” she explains. “This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back,” Morrison says. “And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’ I will say yes.”

The inference to those statements however suggests and reflects a widespread view promoted mainly by the mainstream media and exploited by prominent civil right activists such as Morrison, that white cops indiscriminately kill blacks out of sheer racism. And to support her claim Morrison references the recent incident in South Carolina of the black man shot in the back by a white police officer as he fled. However after a video surfaced of the incident the officer in question was immediately arrested.

And while actual FBI data on police shootings based on race isn’t always accurate because of the wide variables that exist, notably that 25% of the website's data, which is drawn largely from news reports, failed to show the race of the person killed. However in gathering information John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, decided to use figures from the website “Killed by Police”. Based on that data, roughly 49% of those killed by officers from May 2013 to April 2015 were white, while 30% were black, 19% were Hispanic and 2% were Asian and other races.

The data is adjusted to take into account the racial breakdown of the U.S. population, in that  black men are 3.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men. But also adjusted to take into account the racial breakdown in violent crime, the data actually show that police are less likely to kill black suspects than white ones.

"If one adjusts for the racial disparity in the homicide rate or the rate at which police are feloniously killed, whites are actually more likely to be killed by police than blacks," said Mr. Moskos, a former Baltimore cop and author of the book "Cop in the Hood."

Obviously depending on the data and the numerous variables that exist, not everyone will agree on the numbers, however there should be no disagreement on the fact that this senseless and tragic death has raised national awareness and media attention, simply because it was indeed such a rare incident.

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