Is Kirsten Gillibrand a racist? D.C. McAllister at The Federalist asks and then answers the question.
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand seems to be stereotyping football players according to race and contrary to statistical evidence.
That’s a serious allegation to be leveled, especially at a Democrat from New York. Let’s investigate shall we? This comes down to something she said, so let’s hear it.
In a recent interview with Huffington Post, she said, “All of the fans, young boys and girls watching this, are watching the NFL say it’s okay to beat your wife. It’s unacceptable…. It’s not just about Roger Goodell and this one player. There are hundreds of players who are beating their wives, committing assault, committing rape across all sports, and we have to hold them all accountable.”
Note that Gillibrand didn’t say it was “hundreds of minorities who are beating their wives.” That would be singling out some over others. She said it was “hundreds of players who are beating their wives,” and “across all sports,” at that. So the problem isn’t relegated to only professionals, or even players of football. And I don’t doubt she’s right. To McAllister, though, that sort of charge sounds like a voice-over for “Birth of a Nation.”
How so? Because when she makes a general observation about all sports, Sen. Gillibrand is clearly talking about only certain people.
Really? Hundreds? How does she know this? She makes it sound as if wife-beating and violence are epidemic in the National Football League.
So there, she’s talking about the NFL. This leaves the senator a rhetorical sitting duck, and there’s paltry left to do but finish her off. And how will McAllister dispense with the maniac Gillibrand? By doing us the great favor of reducing National Football League players to numbers, categorizing them by race and criminality. Really? Yeah, really. Hey if this is where the foolish senator wants to go, D.C. is only too happy to oblige:
But is this really true?… Pitch writes:
Blumstein and Benedict found that of the 342 black players in their [NFL] sample, 97 of them, or 28 percent, had an arrest for one of these [many] crimes. There were 77 whites in the sample; seven of them, or 9 percent, had an arrest.
Those numbers appear high until we compare them with arrest numbers for the general population… For the general population, the arrest rate for assault for black men was 6,990 per 100,00, and for whites, 2,209.
The corresponding rate for NFL players, black and white, was less than half the rate for the general population.
Yikes. 25% of black and white players combined had been arrested for committing any of a number of serious crimes, from DUI to rape and domestic violence. But when you narrow the field down to simple assault the numbers do get better. That’s when Goodell’s millionaires are only half as bad as your everyday thugs. Feel any better about high-profile wife-beating? I know I do. But before you get too upbeat, let’s watch D.C. grab a-hold of even more shocking numbers, with her spread sheet in the shape of a burning cross, and beat the senator like a wandering Klansman:
If the facts don’t back up what feminists like Gillibrand are saying, why do they assume that “hundreds of players are beating women and committing assault”? Could it have anything to do with the fact that 67 percent of NFL players are black?
Behold the brilliant rhetorical tack: Is she a racist because the NFL is black? Does she know how bad blacks are? What, are you telling me you don’t know? Let me show you the statistics!
Are they drawing that conclusion based on the fact that black youths, who make up 16 percent of the youth population, account for 52 percent of juvenile violent crime arrests? Or that in a city like New York, 83 percent of all gun assailants are black even though they make up only 24 percent of the population?
Now with the numbers out, McAllister delivers the haymaker:
Is Gillibrand assuming that because a majority of NFL players are black they must be criminals?
Is she making the McAllister assumption? Does she think a few statistics can indict an entire race?
It needed to be asked! If she assumes that a FEW black people – professional football players – are as bad as the rest, their own friends and family for instance, that’s racism. It would be quite the shocking thought-crime on Gillibrand’s part, agreed? God Bless The Federalist, whose cheerless lot in life is to defend the targets of such groundless bigotry.