Name: Roman Matlala
Author: Larry Elder
Title: Where’s Black Lives Matter when you need them?
Topic: Police Brutality
Thesis: The author believes there is no epidemic of racist cops killing black suspects
In the article “Where’s Black Lives Matter when you need them?” by Larry Elder the topic of police brutality is brought up where the author talks about how black people aren’t being brutalized by white officers. Larry Elder thinks that black people aren’t dying to racist cops, then proceeds to compare the victims of police officers in the past. “There is no epidemic of racist cops killing black suspects. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Police killings of black declined almost 80% from the late ‘60s through the 2010s, while police killings of whites have flatlined.” This shows that the author is acting like nothing is going on with police officers and unarmed black people, Instead he thinks white people have it worse when it comes to police victims. “In recent years, The police have averaged killing about 1,000 Americans per year. Of that number, half are white and one-quarter are black, with the race of remaining suspects of another race or unknown.” This proves that Larry Elder doesn’t believe there is an epidemic of racist cops killing black suspects.