William Barr Says Police Being Racist Toward Black People Isn't Racism

Written by on September 2, 2020

Lawyer Normal William Barr shocked viewers Wednesday when he mentioned that it’s not essentially racism when police repeatedly deal with Black individuals in another way than white individuals.

Barr made the remarks in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who pressed him to again up his said perception that Black individuals aren’t disproportionately focused by legislation enforcement.

“I believe there are some conditions the place statistics would recommend that they’re handled in another way, however I don’t suppose that that’s essentially racism,” Barr mentioned.

The lawyer normal additionally disputed the concept the prison justice system treats Black individuals extra harshly, as analysis broadly reveals it does.

“No, I don’t suppose there are two justice programs,” he mentioned. “I believe the narrative that the police are on some epidemic of taking pictures unarmed Black males is solely a false narrative, and in addition the narrative that that’s primarily based on race.”

Wolf confronted Barr with a comment he’d made to ABC in July, quoting him as saying, “I do suppose it’s a widespread phenomenon that African American males, particularly, are handled with additional suspicion and possibly not given the good thing about the doubt.”

“That’s what I simply mentioned,” Barr responded. Perplexed, Wolf requested, “However doesn’t that sound like systemic racism?” Barr started nitpicking the language: “No. To me, the phrase systemic implies that it’s constructed into the establishment.”

What the lawyer normal acknowledged to be true is, in actual fact, systemic racism. Racism in opposition to Black individuals has been constructed into the American system since white settlers colonized the land after which spent centuries enslaving Black individuals and legalizing discrimination in opposition to them. The lingering results of these practices are what gasoline the racism Black Individuals face right now, generally instantly costing them their lives. 

President Donald Trump, too, mentioned this week that police violence in opposition to Black individuals isn’t a systemic challenge. “I don’t consider that,” he mentioned. “I believe the police do an unbelievable job, and I believe you do have some unhealthy apples.”

Trump was talking at a roundtable occasion in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the place police lately shot Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, within the again seven instances, paralyzing him from the waist down.

Barr claimed throughout his CNN interview that Blake was “within the midst of committing a felony and he was armed.” Wolf corrected him, noting that Blake’s household and legal professionals say {that a} knife may need been close by however that Blake wasn’t armed with it. Barr stood by his declare in regards to the case, which stays underneath investigation by the Wisconsin Division of Justice and the FBI.

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