When You Say "Black-on-Black Crime," What Type of Crime are You Talking About?
Whenever a murder of a Black person by a White person surfaces, there is outrage. There is activism. There are protests. There is…”Black-on-Black crime?” Yes—in recent news, there is a divergence from these recent murders of Black people by Whites people to “unrest” in Black communities, as if there is some kind of relationship. To put it simply: Black and White people always feel the need to bring up crime in Black communities (because, yeah, that shit don’t happen in White communities). But here is the problem: when both sides (and more) cry “Black-on-Black crime,” what type of crime are they talking about, specifically? Exactly what are these criminal acts that “concern” them (because are they really concerned)? Or are you referring to gang and gun violence? True, gang violence exists. True, gun violence exists. But are these the only acts in our communities? How about these crimes below:
To conclude this post, there is a shit load of illegal activities happening in the Black community. The question is, DO we really care about those activities? Is there interest to call out homophobia and transphobia? I see a lot of finger pointing rather than encouragement to get involved in our communities. OH WAIT-we DO raise such awareness! But keep on thinking Black people are a bunch of animals who viciously murdering each other. While you focus on that, other races do the EXACT SAME THINGS. Because, let’s think about it: is stealing someone’s wallet worse than the Ponzi scheme, or a boat load of these crimes? So when you say “Black-on-Black crime,” ask yourself:
1. Do you even give a fuck?
2. Are you saying this to dismiss the institutional racism that continues to prevail in America?
3. When the OKC Bombing, Columbine, NIU, Aurora, and Sandy Hook occurred, did you ever use the term “White-on-White crime?”
4. Do you believe anti-Blackness exists?
PS—And for someone who mentors and has advocated for the end to gun violence, I have every right to call out bullshit. If you consider me a “race baiter” or something even more ridiculous, Google is your friend (and reading some of these links might help, too).