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Ridgewood Protesters Should Ask African Americans What they Really Think

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, whether you support or not the latest Black Lives Matter protest in Ridgewood one thing  is certain a lot of “white people ” feel very comfortable speaking for “black people” (white privilege ) . In stead of pointing fingers the Ridgewood blog did some research looking to find out what “black people” have to say for themselves. and interestingly we found a book called the “”Black Silent Majority”  and in that book there were some polls done specifically of African Americans , so we thought we would let them speak for themselves and what they said may surprise a lot of you .

photo by Boyd Loving

Michael Javen Fortner, author of Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment focuses here on black attitudes about the police. Do blacks in America really believe, as Sean Collins says, that “they can be killed anywhere at any time by anyone, but especially by law enforcement”?

Fortner argues that they don’t:

Polling data suggest that most African-Americans do not share Collins’s bleak view of their experiences. In a 2019 Pew survey, 44 percent of blacks reported being “unfairly stopped by police” because of their race; 54 percent said, “No, has not happened to me.” In a Monmouth poll taken after Floyd’s death, 44 percent of African-Americans reported that they or an immediate family member felt “harassed by police,” but a majority did not share this experience.

When asked, “How satisfied are you with the job your local police department does,” 21 percent said “very satisfied,” 51 percent said somewhat satisfied, 12 percent said somewhat dissatisfied, and only 5 percent said that they were “very” dissatisfied. These results do not suggest a complete endorsement of contemporary policing, as many blacks report negative interactions. Yet nearly three-quarters of surveyed African-Americans report themselves satisfied with their local police departments.

These results shouldn’t come as a surprise. But polling data present at least one counter-intuitive result:

A 2015 Gallup poll found that black adults who believed police treated black people unfairly were also more likely to desire a larger police presence in their local area than those who thought police treated black people fairly.

I don’t doubt the sincerity of black adults who say the police force treats blacks unfairly. But if they really believed that cops pose a serious threat to their physical well-being, they wouldn’t want more of them in their neighborhoods.

In addition, Fortner presents these findings:

A 2019 Vox poll found that despite being the racial group with the most unfavorable view of the police, most black people still supported hiring more police officers. And more recently, a June 2020 Yahoo News/YouGov survey taken after the killing of George Floyd found that 50 percent of black respondents still said that “we need more cops on the street,” even as 49 percent of black respondents said when they personally see a police officer it makes them feel “less secure.”

Fortner concludes:

Elite institutions have committed themselves to a theory, program, and performance increasingly detached from the aspirations, worldviews, and everyday concerns of millions of blacks. Activists have secured pledges to “defund” or “dismantle” police departments, but black Americans haven’t received concrete, alternative public-safety plans to curb violence. Most African-Americans clearly desire police reform over abolition. . . .

Their perspectives deserve consideration. Any “antiracist” movement that disregards how working and middle-class African-Americans define and pursue the good life is not worth its name.

3 thoughts on “Ridgewood Protesters Should Ask African Americans What they Really Think

  1. Victim crime statistics go even further in destroying the narrative of police bias against blacks. And many smart, free thinking blacks see this. People like Thomas Sowell, Deroy Murdock (whom I’ve known personally), Candace Owens, Jesse Lee Peterson, Walter Williams, even Kayne West These are the true black leaders, people who actually want the best for black people and are not just using them for political gain. This stoking of a war against white men is the end game of a strategy that began over sixty years ago before the democrats had the black vote tied down. Booker T Washington urged blacks to pursue education and start businesses and build families. As they did black families advanced and communities desegregated. It reached a point in the early 60s where the only forced segregation was within government institutions liked the military. The Democratic party cooped the desegregation trend under “civil rights.” They urged blacks to pursue political means over economic means putting an increasing number of blacks on welfare and breaking up family, now as blacks fill prisons they are really cashing in. Please try to deprogram the young people you know who have been brainwashed. Use the Socratic method, asking questions until they get to the truth themselves. And please inform your neighbor who are putting BLM and justice for all signs on their front lawns that they are promoting violence. If they feel guilty about the wealth they accumulated there are less destructive ways to deal with it.

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  2. It’s amazing in New York City they had 400 police officers they put the papers in to retire.

  3. That’s because they are sick of the bullshit that’s going on. They had enough. They lost their power. Don’t even think about pulling a gun out anymore.

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