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Mike Huckabee’s bold, uncompromising declaration: “Male lives matter.”

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Mike Huckabee. Former governor of Arkansas. Oft-un-nominated presidential candidate. Proficient bassist and author of a book actually called God, Grits and Gravy. We all contain multitudes, but Huckabee is proof that not all multitudes are created equal. Hey, speaking of equality, Huckabee dug his heels in on a newfound platform, one he plans to hitch his train to and careen off into the void over: “Male lives matter”. From the Washington Post:

The pure facts also reveal that 94 percent of those killed by police are men, so by your ‘proportional’ standards, the real movement in America should be ‘Male Lives Matter.’”

Okay, some context. On July 9, Huckabee was being interviewed by Fox News (where else) and let fly this chestnut: “More white people have been shot by police officers this past year than minorities.” Roll the tape!

There are a number of ways to unpack what Huckabee is saying, but let’s come out with it: He’s not wrong. In 2015, 990 people were shot by police. 494 were white. 258 were black. So, yes, more white people were shot by police.

But it’s a partial truth because it fails to account for population percentages. In a country with a white majority, it stands to reason that more white people would be shot by police. What has people angry is the disproportionate number of black people being shot by police. As the Post itself put it:

“Over the past year, The Post found that the vast majority of those shot and killed by police were armed and half of them were white. Still, police killed blacks at three times the rate of whites when adjusted for the populations where these shootings occurred. And although black men represent 6 percent of the U.S. population, they made up nearly 40 percent of those who were killed while unarmed.”

So, as ever, context is king, and the king has abdicated the castle in Huckabee’s fairy tale of white persecution. The Post rang Huckabee up to give him the opportunity to walk back his statements but courage of Huckabee’s magnitude does not back down in the face of facts, and that’s where the whole “male lives matter” thing came in.

“It’s not me that needs to be ‘fact checked.’ It’s the Post — I only said exactly what YOU reported. My comments were 100 percent factual. The pure facts also reveal that 94 percent of those killed by police are men, so by your ‘proportional’ standards, the real movement in America should be ‘Male Lives Matter.’”

Imagine if everyone just took all the incredible creativity they put into erasing Black Lives Matter and finding ways to make the facts say anything besides what they clearly do and put that into fighting for the liberation of black people and accountability in police forces. What a world that would be. But no, instead we have this one, in which someone is seriously suggesting that the value and worth of men in America is under attack by the police department.

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