This weekend, Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and self-appointed spokesman for emptiness, told Fox News that the recent killings of two black men by police were not grounded in race. “More white people have been shot by police officers this past year than minorities,” Huckabee said in the interview. He said more words, too:
Today, the Washington Post fact checked Huckabee’s claims about police-related deaths and race. The Post found that Huckabee’s statement was a partial truth that disregarded population percentages:
Huckabee appears to have cited the Post’s findings that of the 990 people shot in 2015, 948 people were male, 494 were white and 258 were black. So using raw numbers, Huckabee’s claim is accurate.
In this case, looking at crimes simply as the raw number of white people affected vs. the number of minorities affected is misleading. By definition, there are fewer minorities.
So, even though more whites were killed by police in 2015 by sheer numbers, blacks were three times as likely to be killed by police. Blacks comprise 12 percent of the U.S. population; black men represent 6 percent.
Moreover, the trends in the first six months of 2016 mirrored the trends from 2015. Black people were shot at 2.5 times the rate of white people.
Huckabee misconstrued the Post’s previous reports about police shootings, which is no surprise from a man who has so unequivocally embraced the fairy tale of white persecution that it’s practically buckling from his fierce embrace. It’s likely unsurprising then, that when asked for comment, Huckabee doubled-down, bear hugging the hell out of the sweet emptiness, asking it to keep him warm at night. Huckabee told the Post:
It’s not me that needs to be ‘fact checked.’ It’s the Post — I only said exactly what YOU reported. My comments were 100 percent factual. The pure facts also reveal that 94 percent of those killed by police are men, so by your ‘proportional’ standards, the real movement in America should be ‘Male Lives Matter.’
Picture Mike Huckabee yelling at a national newspaper, “no you, not me!” before coming to what he surely believes to be a valid and meaningful talking point, that Male Lives Matter; that the police state is the result of some lurking misandry. This is what happens when the void, that monstrous abyss, is given voice; it yells and yells until it somehow manages to manifests itself in the most utterly ridiculous jumble of words.
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