‘Pro-Life’ Evangelical Abby Johnson Claims High Prison Rates of Blacks Are Caused By Black Dads, Not By Police Racial Profiling
‘Pro-life” evangelical Trump supporter Abby Johnson posted a YouTube video (later made private) in which she claimed the high incarceration rate of black people is not caused by racial profiling by the police, but rather absent fathers in the black community, which is a tired old debunked stereotype propagated by whites.
Johnson began by saying her biracial son is an “adorable, perpetually tan-looking little brown boy [but] one day he’s gonna grow up and he’s going to be a tall, probably sort of large, intimidating-looking, maybe, brown man.”
Johnson said that black men are statistically more likely to be jailed for crimes than white men. She made the absurd claim that police will be more careful around her “brown” son because black people are perceived to be more violent by the police:
I look at our prison population and I see that there is a disproportionately high number of African-American males in our prison population for crimes, particularly for violent crimes; so statistically, when a police officer sees a brown man like my [child’s name] walking down the road, as opposed to my white nerdy kids … these police officers know in their head … that statistically my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons.
Okay. So the fact that, in his head, he would be more careful around my brown son than my white son, that doesn’t actually make me angry. That makes that police officer smart, because of statistics.
Johnson called herself a “researcher by nature,” and tried to blame police brutality against black people on fatherlessness:
There are studies out there that are trying to redefine black fatherhood. They are essentially saying that the seventy percent number is a lie because black fatherhood looks different than white fatherhood; that black fatherhood actually does look like a black man coming in and out of the home and not being a consistent presence in the home, and that version of fatherhood is equivalent to a white father being consistently in the home… Okay, I don’t want to cuss on here, but that is B.S., and that is racist...
Black fathers do not get a pass. Just because it is culturally different, just because black fathers don’t want to be in the home, and culturally it has been acceptable for them to be with multiple women...
Yeah, we’ve got big issues right now in the black community, but at the root of it the root is not with bad cops. The root starts in the home… It’s not because of bad cops, [but] because of bad dads...