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The Trayvon Martin Killing and the Myth of Black-on-Black Crime

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"Black-on-black crime" has been part of the American lexicon for decades, but as a specific phenomenon, it's no more real than "white-on-white crime." Unlike the latter, however, the idea of "black-on-black crime" taps into specific fears around black...

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Joanne D (38)
Monday July 15, 2013, 11:57 am
One thing I have never understood is, if "America is afraid of black people, and that’s especially true—it seems—when it thinks they might be angry" (and it is at least understandable to be afraid of people who are angry), then why does "America" consistently implement laws, policies, customs, what have you that are so likely, they could almost have been specifically designed, to MAKE black people angry? It makes NO sense.

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:18 pm
In my opinion, there are only two people who know what REALLY happened that night...Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. Peace, Light and Love

Birgit W (160)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:47 pm
All people who have been hurt in the past have a lot of anger in them. We have to respect everybody, if they are black or white it does not matter.

Laurie H (817)
Monday July 15, 2013, 7:47 pm
So much pain & hurt going around. Birgit is exactly right, RESPECT for each other, is so needed, regardless of color or race. TY so much Carrie!~

Jason S (50)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:22 pm
Good posting, thanks

Gene J (290)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:44 am
"Overall, figures from a variety of institutions—including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Justice Statistics—show that among black youth, rates of robbery and serious property offenses are at their lowest rates in 40 years, as are rates of violent crime and victimization. And while it’s true that young black men are a disproportionate share of the nation’s murder victims, it’s hard to disentangle this from the stew of hyper-segregation (often a result of deliberate policies), entrenched poverty, and nonexistent economic opportunities that characterizes a substantial number of black communities. Hence the countless inner-city anti-violence groups that focus on creating opportunity for young, disadvantaged African-Americans, through education, mentoring, and community programs. Blacks care intensely about the violence that happens in their communities. After all, they have to live with it."

The conditions above are true. They help create the vision of black on black crime, though the article is also correct in its statement that most crimes against whites are committed by whites. The statement that Zimmerman's attorney made, that his client would have never been charged had he been black is a vicious, outright lie. Black gangs still exits, so do Asian gangs, inner city gangs still flourish and still cause havoc in their communities. But the economic realities of life are more the cause than race.

Title IVA of the Social Security Act, LBJ's Great Society, destroyed the nuclear black family, and it has not yet recovered. The rule that to receive assistance (and it was a GOOD program, allowing a participant to get as much as a college degree - which benefited EVERYONE) one could only have ONE adult in a household drove the black community to become either liars (and there were welfare fraud investigators out checking homes for men's shoes under the bed) or removed the father from the household. This led to an explosion of unwed motherhood in the black community, an entire generation, now going on two, raised with no male presence in the household. Those studies about two parents being important are true. Young black males with no role models found them in the streets and gangs came into existence along with the criminality associated with gangs. This is an issue that is being worked on but has a very long way to yet go.

So, here in the Minneapolis metro area, we still have an unacceptable high rate of murder among young black males, sadly, they are terrible marksmen and as often as not, kill children sleeping in their homes as wildly fired bullets tear through neighborhoods. But to say those crimes are not charged is so offensive as to by itself constitute a racist statement. Those crimes ARE investigated, most often the perpetrators (14 to 20 year old black or Asian males) are found and prosecuted, often as adults. We homo sapiens do not reach full maturity until 25, these children killing each other truly have no idea what they do, nor full control of themselves. That is where social programs need to focus and are. Rates are dropping as the story indicates just not fast enough. But this issue didn't develop over night and it won't be cured overnight either, still progress IS being made and there is hope. Hope not helped in the slightest by irresponsible statements like that of Zimmerman's attorney speaking through his butt when he could have contributed to the solution but chose instead to throw fuel on a dying fire. That is racism at its ugliest.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:07 am
Where's equality?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:39 am
It is a shame we have reverse discrimination in this country. I was raised to not be prejudiced and have many races of friends. I was raised there is good and bad in all peoples yet you cannot punish a whole race because of the actions of some. The court of law has spoken. I do not remember white people screaming out when O.J. was found not guilty. Why is it when things don't go the way some think they should it turns into a race issue?

Bea friends K (22)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:43 am
Thanks for this interesting take on the case. Zimmerman is GUILTY!

Carol H (229)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:22 am
thanks Carrie, noted
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