The Claim of Racist Police Doesn’t Explain Freddie Gray

Joan Walsh pushed the racist police explanation by claiming that everyone knows that black cops are under the control of white cops.

I have complained before about alleged police brutality issues being smudged into race issues. The Freddie Gray story is another example of how making the issue primarily about racism doesn’t fit with the facts . Of the six policemen accused of wrongdoing, three are white and three are black.

This has given us some interesting rationalizations by Liberals.

Conservative black radio host Wayne Dupree posted an interesting image in his twitter feed.

joan walsh patronizing

So there you go. No matter what black policemen do, if the alleged victim is black, then the crime is always a form of white racism.

And there is no debate that, tragically, black police officers often absorb the attitudes of their colleagues. –Joan Walsh, MSNBC.

So if it is black police officers who are always absorbing the attitudes of their colleagues, that means the attitudes of non-black police officers always automatically dominate and black people must always follow along. And Walsh proves this by the bare assertion that “there is no debate” that her views are true.

[See also, “No, Harry Reid, Crushing Poverty Does Not Cause Violence.”]

Isn’t that a totally racist assertion?

Ed Krayewski at Reason.com pushes back against Joan and others: “Joan Walsh Says Dangerous Things About Race That Help Perpetuate Police Brutality.”

Since the news came out that three of the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s death were black—this fact is mostly pretty irrelevant to the case. A person isn’t any more or less violated depending on his race or the race of his violator. But it means a lot when some have vigorously pushed the narrative of “black men killed by white cops” as if it were only those instances of state-sponsored violence that were problematic.  That narrative helps dangerous myths flourish—like the myth that black cops might be less brutal than white cops.

He also gave some more detail about Joan Walsh’s claims:

It gets worse. Walsh also argued that the indictment of the three black cops shows that “black leadership doesn’t protect wrongdoers like white leaders too often do,” this based on just the one Freddie Gray case. This is not only easily disprovable; it too helps perpetuate a dangerous myth. If the black leadership in Baltimore (and how much can be said about “black leadership” or “white leadership” before you’re just resorting to intuitions drawn from racial stereotypes?) were more interested in rooting out police brutality in the police department, why did it take Freddie Gray’s death for Baltimore’s black leadership to say it’ll invite the Department of Justice to probe the Baltimore Police Department for a pattern and practice of police abuse? Stephanie Rawlings Blake has been mayor for four years and Anthony Batts has been police commissioner since 2012. The problem of police brutality in Baltimore, and as any black (or really, any) leader in Baltimore should know (right?), didn’t start with Freddie Gray. 

Krayewski is fairly confident that there is substance to the charges. Others may not be so sure. But the fact remains that spinning such accusations into instances of racism is really contrived. There are plenty of cases where the police are accused of wrongdoing without any racial component involved. These cases are just as reprehensible, if they are true, no matter what is the racial identity of the officers or of the alleged victim.