Hi Shachar,
Jossif Ezekilov
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In choosing to juxtapose the killings of black males […] with the deaths of police, Mac Donald is providing us with a narrative: that these two groups are inherently opposing.

This point highlights your earlier one about studies being narratives. In this case, it is more important who created the narrative that the study is meant to work from.

If, as you assert, the one telling the story is Mac Donald, then it might indicate a bias (how big or small is a matter of intention and the details within the study). However, if Mac Donald is working from the narrative of “cops are killing black people in a disproportionately high numbers,” then it’s just a matter of adapting the study to fit the narrative (in order to qualify it), in which case, the bias does not lie with Mac Donald.

Please understand that I am not proposing that all police are racist or that they have none have qualms about shooting black people. Neither is most of the people who support BLM for that matter.

I have no reason to doubt your intentions. So far you were very gracious and open to discussion.

As for BLM, they tend to behave the opposite. While you can rationalize rioting, attacking people of the opposition, and overall behaving in a confrontational way, I cannot.

The narrative they put out into the world, does not show them in a good light. Someone once told me that it does not matter what heights I can reach, but to what lows I won’t plummet. In BLM case, they have no such care and tend to radicalize, rather than find a real solution to issues.

there seems to be racial bias in police shootings

From the evidence I’ve seen thus far, there is a bias in the other direction, with police less likely to shoot black individuals, but I’ll need to search for that proof. Will be happy to do so if it’s of any interest to you.

I believe most of this bias can be attributed to a larger structural discrimination against African-Americans within the US justice system as a whole.

First, we seem to move from “police bias” to “justice system bias” which is entirely different.

Now, when you talk about systems, you need to indicate what particular systems and what is the actual structure that shapes minds to discriminate black folks.

But the resistance of the justice system to pursue independent investigations and reforms fuels the anger against police as a whole.

What solutions do groups like BLM propose? Most of the solutions proposed (that I’ve seen) toward reform are harmful to most law abiding citizens and only force the police in admitting that they have a “race problem.” Was there a “cease-fire” between BLM and the police force, a plea to put aside differences and meet around a table to reach a constructive change?

Keep in mind that the police is less likely to listen as BLM spiritual leader is still being quoted by its members (let’s not talk about the ridiculousness of the ‘chant’) and the way every protest by BLM is a way to attack the police and white people. This bias you mentioned, it goes both ways.

No, the demonizing of police by extreme members of BLM is not right, but it is an understandable reaction given these injustices.

Well, thank you for calling out the bad actions, though I don’t think you realize how counter-productive it is to run a movement in this fashion.

I can take those same injustices and explain them reasonably, and show you that at most, human error was the prime cause and not malice.

The point is now to forge coherent and respectful conversations to solve this issue. In writing this, my aim was to take the first step from my side on the issue.

You have my respect in trying to be productive and positive. Though, unless BLM or similar groups is involved, this will remain in the realms of conversation and not action.