Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake set the record straight with a race-baiting journalist earlier in September who asked a leading question that implied “people of color” are “unfairly targeted by police,” with Lake dropping the facts regarding the media peddling the lie of widespread racism in policing.
On September 15th, Lake was accompanied by Republican state attorney general candidate Abraham Hamedah, where the two were speaking at a press conference centered around the candidates accepting the endorsements from the Arizona Police Association & the Arizona State Troopers Association.
During the Q&A portion of the press conference, one journalist purported that many “people of color feel like they’re unfairly targeted by police” in Arizona, asking the Republican gubernatorial candidate what she’d do to rectify the unsubstantiated notion mentioned.
“Kari, a lot of people of color feel like they’re unfairly targeted by police, you know…are they wrong to feel that way? And regardless of whether there’s any merit there, what can you as governor do to improve perception of police? You know, ensure that everybody feels like…”
Lake interrupted the journalist for a moment, asking him, “Can you repeat the first part of that? I missed that,” with the journalist again reiterating, “A lot of people of color feel like they are targeted.”
Once the journalist, again, cranked out the notion of non-white individuals harboring a collective feeling of being “targeted” by police, Lake snapped back by calling out the journalist’s leading question rife with unsubstantiated opinions, saying, “A lot of people of color, a lot of people of color. How many people of color have you talked to about that?”
The journalist asserted, “I mean, if you look into surveys,” but was hit again with Lake quickly responding with, “Which surveys? I’m happy to look at those stats.”
However, Lake was already privy to the espoused notion that non-white individuals collectively thinking they’re targeted by police is the byproduct of media amplification of anecdotal narratives.
“I will tell you this that I talked to people of color. I talked to all Arizonans. They’re all concerned about the crime. Just because your skin isn’t the same color as yours doesn’t mean you want your kids to be walking down the street in an unsafe neighborhood. Every Arizonan wants safety and security in their neighborhood. It doesn’t matter what your skin color is. And if you look at stats, you will look and see that police do not target people of color. That is a lie that’s been perpetuated by the left and then spread and disseminated and re-spread in the media. Check the stats.”
The data is quite clear that widespread racism in policing is simply non-existent, with even the Washington Post has published an article back in 2016 that exposed police are less likely to shoot black suspects than white suspects.
Still, another journalist piggybacked off of the first race-baiting question, asking Lake, “But you don’t believe that’s an opinion a lot of people of color have?” Lake had to set the record straight again, stressing that these purported sentiments being widely held are a media narrative, ones that are particularly driven by “activists.”
“I don’t. I think you guys find one or two people – three or four – and they’re activists oftentimes, and then you spread that narrative. Go into a neighborhood and ask the people in neighborhoods that are minority neighborhoods, ‘Do you want fewer police? Do you want to defund the police?’ They will look at you like you are the craziest person on the planet. Nobody wants that.”