Mike Huckabee Yells Into the Void, 'Male Lives Matter'

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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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DISCUSSION

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Veit

Mike Huckabee is the pits. If you find yourself in an argument with someone like him who is the worst, I recommend this study. Bayesian analyses are not exactly simple to understand, but the abstract makes it really clear: “we did the math, and it turns out black men are seriously way more in danger of being killed by the police.” Well, that’s not a direct quote. This is the direct quote:

The results provide evidence of a significant bias in the killing of unarmed black Americans relative to unarmed white Americans, in that the probability of being {black, unarmed, and shot by police} is about 3.49 times the probability of being {white, unarmed, and shot by police} on average. Furthermore, the results of multi-level modeling show that there exists significant heterogeneity across counties in the extent of racial bias in police shootings, with some counties showing relative risk ratios of 20 to 1 or more.

It really couldn’t be any clearer. And if the person you’re with is too put off by the idea of large words (like “average,” I guess), they really have to understand ratios, right? We learn about ratios and percentages in 6th grade. Yeah, in absolute values more white men are killed than black men; there are also way more black men! It’s just so obvious. I am absolutely baffled that this is even an argument that anyone would try to make.

As an aside, I’m a white man, and I just have no idea what to do right now. I want to speak up when I can, I’ve been writing to elected representatives from my area, and I am just at a complete loss. I don’t know how to be a part of the solution. I am so angry, and I am so scared, and I am so privileged, and have no idea how to leverage those three things to make any actual difference.