Despite #blacklivesmatter, cities like Chicago and Baltimore were soaked in blood over Memorial Day weekend, as blacks killed each other in a frenzy of ignoring the hashtag. In the wake of the Freddie Gray riots over alleged racist police abuse, Baltimore is experiencing the one of the deadliest months in recent memory. Not only do blacks kill each other at a frightening pace, they are more likely to be killed by another black than a police officer, a white person, or anyone else. Somehow out of this irrefutable fact, a black journalist says black-on-black crime doesn’t exist.
Charles D. Ellison writes for a variety of black news sites and is a frequent panelist on MSNBC. He also hasn’t been paying attention as evident in It’s Time to Stop Blaming Black-on-Black Crime on The Root. Far from just wanting to stop the blaming of black-on-black crime, he argues that it isn’t even a real thing, even though he acknowledges that it exists. Confused? Me too.
For every unarmed black man, woman or child killed by unrestrained police officers, there’s an intellectually impoverished response when black people get visibly upset about it: What about black-on-black crime?
For every black criminal hurt or killed by police while resisting and/or attacking, there are a thousand blacks hurt or killed by other blacks. “What about black-on-black-crime?” is a legitimate question, not an intellectually impoverished response.
Now black-on-black crime is a thing, with famous heavy-right rags embracing it as frequently as they knock the black president. It’s a fresh, new, nasty, stick-your-tongue-out retort to shut down any justifiable complaints from grieving black communities.
Why is it that the black community only grieves when a scumbag gets himself killed by the police? Where is the grief when a POS gangbanger shoots a 3-year old girl sleeping in her bedroom? Where is the outrage when a young black kid is gunned down because another black guy wanted his sneakers? That is the issue.
Now that he’s established that he’s completely full of crap, here’s the part where Ellison says black-on-black crime doesn’t exist:
Despite the intense national obsession with it, however, we haven’t yet come to grips with the fact that it never really existed in the first place. To refer to “black-on-black crime” not only defies common sense but grabs at baseless white racist science that removes blame for systemic deeds.
So if I understand this correctly, blacks killing other blacks is not black-on-black crime and it is the fault of systemic racism? If that sounds screwy check this out:
Fortunately, we’re in the midst of a rhetorical shift that is generationally putting “black-on-black crime” 6 feet under. It was incorrect during its creation in the 1980s, when many black pundits, preachers and politicians raced to coin it in every speech instead of putting relentless pressure on the nefarious trickle-down policies of the Reagan regime at the time.
Black people came up with the term “black-on-black crime” and yet it is somehow Ronald Reagan’s fault? I told you it was screwy.
Ellison’s big argument is that black-on-black crime doesn’t exist because blacks live around other blacks and naturally they are going to kill each other:
African Americans are twice as likely to live in black neighborhoods, not because they necessarily want to but because, most of the time, they just have to…Criminals are going to commit crimes based on opportunities offered by their environment and potential victims within close range.
So where are the white communities being ravaged by white-on-white crime?
The point that Ellison misses is that asking questions about black-on-black violence relates to the hypocrisy of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Black lives only seem to matter when they are lost at the hands of police. Black lives don’t matter when thousands of blacks are raped, robbed, and killed each year by other blacks. A handful of black lives lost in mostly-justifiable police shootings pales in comparison to the thousands of black lives taken by black predators.
Also, getting killed by the police is not a uniquely black experience. There are just as many documented cases of white people being shot by police, and many of those are far less justified than the high-profile black cases. And let’s not forget how many police officers black people have killed recently in unprovoked attacks. Black lives are allowed to matter but white and blue lives are not.