@girlusocrazy: You're using population as a factor which makes no sense. Cops aren't going to shoot random people that aren't commiting a crime. Looking at criminals, the % of blacks and whites is close to the same. If you want to use population as a factor, then answer why 53% of homicides are committed by blacks and 45% by whites when blacks make up 13% of the population. I wasn't going there though... just talking about the likeliness of being shot by police if you're commiting a crime.
There is a middle ground we are not seeing.
Now, I don't think cops go around looking for black people--innocent or otherwise--to shoot. But what they are often told to do is patrol certain areas, specifically neighborhoods with high crime.
This now leads us to why is there a lot of crime. I don't know, that's another discussion, but off the top of my head:
- socioeconomic level
- single-parent households (studies show that black children are significantly more likely to lead to teen pregnancy's, drug use, poor mental health, and so on).
- presence of drugs
- presence of organized crime.
- poor educational opportunities
- and so on and so forth
Which is why we have BLM. Sure, cops killing black people might have triggered the movement, but it's not the sole reason for why it exists.
There is a whole tangled web of shit that has led us here, and it is because of systemic/institutional racism.
I like people! I don't think your average person is racist, and I don't think your average racist person is half as racist as we think they are. And addressing system racism does not mean you need to start labeling people--cops, teachers, whatever--as racist people, but it does mean addressing the racist systems in your society.