That is what our “betters” keep saying and testify with Pentecostal fervor. So I wanted to once again check the numbers to what has been touted and used as reference for all the claims: The Tampa Bay Times’ Stand Your Ground Law database. The TBT says in its database that “What follows is the most comprehensive list of “stand your ground” cases ever created.” Damn, that is impressive. Except they have not updated the database since October of 2014. Let’s say that the Tampa Bay Time always has been and shall be against the Second Amendment so the numbers may be tilted in favor of eliminating SYG, if at all.
I have no idea why they have not updated the database, but the data is still there and they have been assuring us since year one that SYG is racist so the numbers for the last 8 years should prove it.
How many blacks have been the victims of SYG? According to the database, 45 Blacks died during that time frame and 38 were injured for a total of 83 victims.
Let’s compare against White victims: 81 dead and 43 injured for a total of 124. Apparently the White folks are being decimated with SYG compared to the victims from Black population by 35%.
OK, but that does not mean squat, Whites killing Whites? Who cares? Is the Oppressive White racists killing the Black Men. Not so fast Ke-mo sah-bee! Total of White people invoking SYG after the killing of a Black Person is 11. Total of Black people killing other Black people invoking SYG: 29 cases. That is almost three to one ratio of Black killing more Blacks under SYG than White Killing Blacks.
So there is no inherent or added racism in Florida’s Stand Your ground. It is just the constant use of the race card to elicit anger and embarrassment, to see if they can somehow turn back legislation. But it is not gonna happen, still and by far, Floridians like Stand Your ground by almost 70% and that is a huge number to flip around.
Maybe the Tampa Bay Times realized how far the numbers they obtained did not match with the message they were spreading and decided not continue updating the database? Sort of like with the Concealed Weapons Permit stats: instead of showing the world how bloodthirsty gun owners are, they became an embarrassment for politicians who were trying to badmouth people possibly 5 times more law-abiding than them.