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A Few Problems in the Black Community That Needed a WH Summit More Than Ferguson

The recent White House summit regarding the events in Ferguson was held to address (as New York mayor Bill de Blasio put it) the “scourge” of killings by police of blacks.

According to a study by USA Today, an average of 96 blacks are killed by white cops per year. Last year, 6,000 blacks were murdered by other blacks — more than 60 times the number of blacks killed by white cops. Time for another White House summit?

In 2013, 409 whites were murdered by blacks. Summit?

The figures below suggest the White House also may want to consider summits on black unemployment, educational achievement, single motherhood, household income, poverty rates, and school discipline — just to name a few concerns that have an impact on American blacks at least as profound as blacks being killed by white cops.

Both the raw numbers and the racial gaps are appalling, and in some cases, getting worse — thanks, in some cases, to Obama-administration policies.

How about a summit on how the president’s unlawful executive order granting amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens will drive up black unemployment and poverty figures? Maybe a summit on the effect on black employment created by Obamacare’s $3,000 incentive for hiring the newly amnestied immigrants over American workers? How about a summit on the worst labor-force participation rates in 40 years?

The White House Ferguson summit will do nothing to improve the lot of Americans, regardless of race. It was a sham wrapped in a fraud inside a photo op. The perfect event for an unserious media and an unserious president.

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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