While some people see the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York City as part of a trend in which black men are inherently endangered by police aggression, Project 21 co-chairman Horace Cooper said that people “can’t conflate these two incidents as one in the same.” He noted that the Brown case was much different, for example, in the fact that Brown attacked an officer in the moments before his death. An argument can be made that police involved in Garner’s death, however, should not have been engaged in so zealously enforcing government tax laws.
In a debate with Danielle Moodie-Mills of the leftist Center for American Progress on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Power and Politics” program on 12/4/14, Horace said the facts surrounding these deaths and others do not back up assertions of a police vendetta against black men. He said there are “no evidentiary statistics to support” such charges, but there are definite problems of black-on-black crime that are not being addressed by those quick to complain about the police.
After he noted that police shootings are at a low, to which Mills replied to Horace, “don’t talk about statistics – let’s talk about people.” She alleged a rise in racial tensions in America can be blamed in part on resentment of President Obama due to his race. Rebutting that by mentioning the “Bush derangement syndrome” that gripped the left during the previous White House administration, Horace said that “overly-heated rhetoric” is “some of the history and the legacy of what it means to be President of the United States” and that it was Obama who failed to achieve his own goal of creating a post-racial America.