Numbers Don’t Lie
According to The Washington Post, a source that left-wingers will surely not take issue with,
Since 2015, right-wing extremists have been involved in 267 plots or attacks and 91 fatalities, the data shows. At the same time, attacks and plots ascribed to far-left views accounted for 66 incidents leading to 19 deaths.The Washington Post, “The rise of domestic
extremism in America“, April 12, 2021
There are the publicly available crime stats for the City of Chicago for 2019, the year Lightfoot took office. The City’s official 2019 Annual Crime Report (available here) says there were 492 total criminal homicides in 2019 (page 35). It does not say how many of those victims were black, but it does say that 76.92% of victims of all “violent crimes” were black in 2019 (page 33). The City has not officially released it’s 2020 report yet, so I will rely on the Chicago Sun Times for those numbers. They have total homicides at 769 in 2020. That can be checked here.
So let’s do some simple math.
- 277 more people were murdered in the first full year under Lightfoot. (as opposed to the year that she came in)
- 76.92% of them, we can assume to be black 76.92% (based on the City’s claim that 76.92% of “violent crime” victims were black in 2019)
- That’s 213 more black people that died under Lightfoot’s tenure, in just one year.
On the other hand, we have WaPo reporting that “right-wing extremists,” a term that I’m sure is applied in an overly-broad manner, were responsible for “91 fatalities” since 2015. I’ll accept their claim for the sake of argument. That article was published in April, so let’s just call it 5 years (rounding it down like this actually works in Lightfoot’s favor here). 91 deaths in 5 years is an average of 18.2 deaths per year. I don’t know how many of those deaths were black, so for the sake of this exercise, let’s assume ALL the victims were black (this will benefit Lightfoot as well).
Right Wing Extremists = 18.2 black deaths per yer. Lori Lightfoot = 213 black deaths per year.
213 / 18.5 = 11.51 Therefore Lori Lightfoot kills black people at an annualized rate 11.5 times greater than that of all the “right wing extremists” in America. No wonder they think math is racist.