"One of the principal talking points that is enduringly trotted out by the mainstream conservative movement is that police brutality is not the primary cause of black problems in America. We hear this talking point dutifully repeated by right-wing mouthpieces whenever a story of police brutality against a black male hits the news cycle. However, this talking point is an utterly meaningless straw man that solely exists for conservatives to avoid holding disreputable police officers accountable for their wanton displays of violence against black American citizens. The notion that a negative action has to be theprimary cause of trouble in a community in order for it to be a serious issue worthy of being addressed is perfectly illogical.
Mainstream conservatives know that if they are forced to address police brutality as an issue, they are going to have to concede some points on stop-on-frisk, which artificially and dangerously elevates thenumber of encounters between black men and police officers—and undoubtedly heightens the likelihood of police brutality occurring. Curiously, mainstream conservatives who loquaciously preach about their devotion to small government also enthusiastically protect the big-government fraud that is stop-and-frisk—a policy that is as unconstitutional as it is inefficacious.
It is almost a vocation for many mainstream conservatives to pretend as though every instance ofracism-induced violence is a figment of the hyper-stimulated imaginations of black Americans. This is especially true whenever it is a police officer accused of violent wrongdoing. When one believes that racism does not exist (except when one can conveniently accuse liberals of it), it becomes a chore to ensure that every race-related case is proven to be another “Tawana Brawley” playing out on the national stage. It is this kind of mindset that leads mainstream conservatives to respond with theinappropriately crass rejoinder, “Police brutality isn’t the primary problem blacks face!” when people are discussing the very real issue of police brutality and extrajudicial killing of black men in the streets of American cities."