Today’s newsletter is for paid subscribers. It follows up on my observation from previous emails that the percentage of “victims” of police shootings from any given race or ethnicity tends to be roughly the same as the percentage of felonious fatal attacks upon police committed by people from that same race. Although there are racial disparities in who ends up being the victims of police shootings, there is a similar racial disparity in who kills police officers.
Today’s newsletter asks why that would be?
I make two basic points. First, the question is more complex than the usual simplistic answers, such as citing “systematic racism.”
Second, I note a factor that people commonly overlook, but which doubtless contributes to many different racial disparities, including disparities in poverty and crime statistics. It’s a factor that has no obvious relation to racism.
I won’t do a clickbait thing. I’ll just tell you. The factor is age. You’ll never hear people talk about it in Big Media — ever — but it’s staring us all in the face.