This comes to me by way of Facebook.
So, let’s do the math.
U.S. population identifying as white alone = (72.41%) 223,553,265.
U.S. population identifying as black alone = (12.61%) 38,929,319.
White population is 72.41 / 12.61 = 5.74 times greater than black population.
If black people were being killed by police at the same rate as white people the number of black people killed would be (233 / 5.74 = 40.59) 41. Looked at the other way, if white people were being killed by police at the same rate as black people the number of white people killed would be
(414 * 5.74 = 2376.36) 2376.
Major math and logic error above. Let me try this again.
Black people killed by police = 233. Rate is 233 / 38,929,319 = 0.00060% of population.
White people killed by police = 414. Rate is 414 / 223,553,265 = 0.00018% of population.
60 / 18 = 3.33.
At the same rate as for black people the police would have killed 414 x 3.33 = 1,378 white people.
A black person is
5.74 3.33 times more likely to be killed by a police officer that a white person.
It is about race.
Edited for math 4/30/2015