In short, there is no definitive conclusion that racism plays a primary or significant role in citizen deaths at the hands of the police, writes Sonia Orlu in the National Post. Below is an excerpt from that article, which can be read in full here. 

The article is an excerpt from Sonia Orlu's MLI commentary "Why I do not support the Black Lives Matter movement." 

By Sonia Orlu, March 12, 2021

In response to the assertion that Blacks are “systematically targeted for demise,” every recent compilation of crime statistics in the United States shows this statement to be categorically false (Canada has no comparable robust reporting on race-specific crime statistics). In fact, per the 2018 US National Crime Victimization Survey, the only group of people systematically killing Black people are other Black people and overwhelmingly so. The Bureau of Justice Statistics also reports that “the offender was of the same race or ethnicity as the victim in 70 per cent of violent incidents involving Black victims.” This directly confronts assertions, especially by celebrities and politicians, that Black people are “literally hunted,” as Lebron James put it.

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