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A year ago today, George Floyd, a petty thief with an extensive arrest record, allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit bill in a Minneapolis store. After the police were called to the scene, he resisted arrest, ultimately dying of cardiopulmonary arrest as police officer Derek Chauvin pinned his knee on Floyd’s neck, galvanizing the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Meanwhile, over the past weekend, these blaring headlines on shootings of mostly blacks contradicted the idea that black lives matter. In these incidents, and similar ones across the country, the overwhelming majority of the victims were black; the overwhelming majority of the perpetrators were…yes, black. And in St. Louis, which has a black female mayor, this headline blared: St. Louis Homicide Rate Worst of Large U.S. Cities. Again, the victims and the murderers are disproportionately black. This pattern is national. FBI statistics indicate that not only are blacks more likely to be crime or homicide victims, but the perpetrator is… no, not an evil white cop or a racist white, but… another black person.

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