Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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On a regular basis I am attacked with false comments about the idea of “Black on Black Crime.” It’s here on Tumblr, the “NEWS,” the comment section of…well, everything. Two days ago I saw a comment that read “The greatest enemy of the Black man is the Black man.” The best part? This was written in the comment section of a story about some racist guy posting racist anti-Obama signs.
None the less, I decided to end this mirage once and for all. As usual, I will provide the readily available links for those that are to lazy to do their own homework. Yes, I am talking to you Mr & Mrs. Racist who speaks without knowledge. Let’s get started, shall we?
Are Black people killing off other Black people? Yep, we sure are. Only problem is, so are white people. 1980-2008 Homicide Stats (Pg 13).
Who’s Killing Who:
Those numbers are pretty darned close, don’t ya think? Now before you do something silly like try to point out that Black people are doing it more, let me point out that these are the percentages of total crimes committed by race on race homicide. What does this have to do with anything? Well, white homicide accounts for over 50% of all homicides over this survey period. Still confused? Okay, there are far more white people being killed. Although the white on white homicide percentage is slightly lower, the actual number of murders is much, much higher. This makes sense of course since white people make up a larger percentage of America, right? Wrong. You have to take two things into account, one- the number of white people being murdered is almost three times that of Black people. When you look at 84% of that number, you’ll see that although the percentage of Black on Black homicide is slightly higher, white on white homicide numerically is more than double that of all Black homicides, not just Black on Black but all of it put together. Two- The fact that there are more white people shouldn’t really be taken into account here. At least not for those that love to point to “Black on Black” crime as proof that Black people are animals. The fact is, even if America were 99% white, if there was a race that were truly superior, the crime rate would be low no matter how many there were, right?
Let’s keep it moving. Now, we look at crimes of violence (Table 42).
Total Number of Victims:
There are those pesky numbers again. Those who may still be confused about my above statements might be able to see more clearly in this section.
Crimes of violence:
Interesting huh? I’ll take this opportunity to fully explain what I was saying above. We see here that once again, the percentages are fairly close. However, let’s look at how this percentage breaks down numerically.
The Breakdown-White People:
The Breakdown-Black People:
Let’s break this down a little further:
The really interesting thing is that in the same table that provided this information, you can also see the full breakdown of other crimes. Interesting fact- white on white violent crime heavily outweighs Black on Black violent crime. While Black on Black robbery and petty thievery far outweighs white on white robbery and petty thievery.
So tell me, why are Black people continuously being portrayed as violent animals?