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  1. I wondered if blacks were really shot by police more than whites. Well, yes they are. A black man is 3.5 times more likely to be shot by police than a white man. However, when comparing based on the racial make up of violent crimes, a white man is actually 1.3 to 1.7 times more likely to be shot than a black man. Why? Police who work black neighborhoods are aware of the politics, and are likely more cautious about using lethal force. Also, police who work in high crime areas are more experienced in dealing with potentially violent situations, and are slowier in resorting to lethal force. One of the principles I learned in history is that perception is often more important than reality. Imagine being part of a community that believes deeply that law enforcement is against them. These are hard, frustrating times. Kudos to those spiritual leaders who serve these communities. Props too for the law enforcement officers who do not give up or give in--but continue to serve, despite the hostile and sometimes unfair accusations lobbed their way.