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Do White Lives Matter?

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All decent Americans should agree with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” but new reports on killings by police raise questions on whether white lives matter too.

According to authoritative statistics from 2013 to the present, cited approvingly by the New York Times, far more white people than black people die in confrontations with law enforcement. Whites account for half the victims, African Americans only three of ten. Of course, since black people comprise 13% of the overall population, they’re over-represented as victims of police, but they’re even more over-represented in murders committed by civilians, and most over-represented of all when it comes to cop killers.

Media focus almost exclusively on incidents where the victim is black; can you think of a single recent case that received national attention that didn’t conform to this favored narrative? Why are whites who die at the hands of police somehow less worthy of obsessive coverage than their black counterparts?

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