If Black Lives Matter, Why Don’t Black People Protest About “Black-on-Black” Crime?

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Photo: http://www.voguevoice.com/but-nobody-protests-black-on-black-crime/                            Black-on-Black Crime Myths Discredited

Many opponents of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement point to the issue of “black-on- black crime” and question why we do not protest when a black person kills another black person. Their argument is to say that crimes committed by black people against black people are an epidemic not being addressed by the black community. Instead, our focus is misplaced and amped up when a police officer kills an unarmed black person. They say black lives matter then, but not in our communities where crime and violence is rampant. The “we ignore black-on-black crime” narrative then overshadows, or at the very least is used as a counterargument, against the issue of potential police misconduct against black people.

Let me begin with the false notion of “black-on-black” crime. First of all, this is a myth because research shows that people are more likely to be a victim of crime from someone they know, or the ethnic group from the place where they live. If a black person lives in a predominately black community, it is more likely they would become a victim of crime at the hands of another black person. Critics of Black Lives Matter and those seeking to race bait somehow gloss over this fact. By the way, the same concept holds true for white people who live in predominately white communities. Do we call crime in these communities “white-on-white” crime?

How about “yellow-on-yellow” crime, as a derogatory reference to Asian people who commit crimes against other Asian people? How about “brown-on brown” crime, as a derogatory reference to Hispanic people who commit crimes against other Hispanic people? Here’s a great one: how about “red-on-red” crime, as a derogatory reference to Native Americans who commit crimes against other Native Americans. Just say these references aloud a few times and you should realize how ridiculous each sounds. Then ask a question: why are these terms not used, even though crime statistics support their “validity”? Again, people are more likely to be a victim of crime from someone they know, or the ethnic group from the place where they live.

For the sake of argument, let’s give some validity to the “black-on-black” crime narrative. Critics of movements like Black Lives Matter will say we sit back and allow “black-on-black” crime to occur in cities across the country. Where are the protest marches when a teen is gunned down in Chicago? How about when there is a gang-related shooting in Memphis? What about drug-related violence in St. Louis? Where is the outrage in the black community?

Let’s think about this for a second: again, people are more likely to be a victim of crime from someone they know, or the ethnic group from the place where they live. Do you think for one second that black people who live and work in Chicago are not anxious about the safety of their children on the way to and from school? Do you think for one second that black people who live and work in Memphis are not worried about their children getting caught up in gangs and criminal behavior? Do you think for one second that black people who live and work in St. Louis are not concerned about drug-usage in their community and the violence that usually follows? I question the motives and sincerity of anyone who would dare think we are not disturbed about these issues in our communities. They say: If Black Lives Matter, Why Don’t Black People Protest About Black-on-Black Crime?

While we see images of BLM protests that spring up when a police officer kills an unarmed black person under strange circumstances, we do not see images of community rallies when crime gets out of control in inner-cities. These protests exist, and they are more abundant than protests when law enforcement officers shoot unarmed black people. Let me repeat: These protests exist, and they are more abundant than protests when law enforcement officers shoot unarmed black people. I am sure critics who read this will not believe this fact, so let’s dispel the myth once and for all that we do not care about “black-on-black” crime. We do, and black people around the country protest violence in their communities, and work tirelessly to bring forth change.

The following list, though not exhaustive, documents several “black-on-black” anti-crime protests conducted in 2015 alone. Why was there little coverage of these events? Maybe it is to keep the disproven narrative of “black-on-black” crime alive. Or maybe it is because the rallies below are not a sensational as rallies against allegations of police brutality. In either case, the only way to dispel the myth that black people do not protest against violence in their own communities is to do some research. An even better approach is to join one of the anti-crime rallies orchestrated and led by black people around the country. Then everyone will know that Black Lives Matter in black communities, even when we don’t hear about it or see it in the news…

East Flatbush, NY: Dec, 2015

http://interactive.nydailynews.com/2015/12/former-gangbangers-reduce-gun-violence-brooklyns-streets/index.html?utm_content=buffer2b6f4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Jersey City, NJ: Nov 2015

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/11/jersey_city_residents_march_to_stop_the_violence.htm

Chicago, IL: Nov 2015

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alphas-in-the-streets-march_565364c2e4b0879a5b0be458

Harrisburg, PA: Nov 2015

http://fox43.com/2015/11/28/harrisburg-community-protests-violence-after-two-men-killed-in-two-different-shootings/

Charlotte, NC: Oct 2015

http://qcitymetro.com/2015/10/19/marchers-carry-anti-crime-message/

Irvington (Indianapolis, IN): Sept 2015

http://wishtv.com/2015/09/13/irvington-holds-anti-violence-rally/

Portsmouth, VA: Aug 2015

http://wavy.com/2015/08/14/movement-against-gun-violence-grows-in-portsmouth/

Rockford, IL: July 2015

http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/Community-Marches-Against-Violence-and-Crime-317039821.html

Ypsilanti, MI: July 2015

http://photos.mlive.com/ann-arbor_photos/2015/07/ypsilanti_community_protest_to_18.html

Pittsfield, MA: June 2015

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_28467320/pittsfield-residents-rally-protest-violence

Brooklyn, NY: June 2015

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/brooklyn/news/2015/06/11/anti-violence-activists-rally-amid-crime-spike–launch-of-summer-all-out.html

Hartford, CT: June 2015

http://www.wfsb.com/story/29257037/rev-al-sharpton-leads-anti-violence-rally-through-hartford

Tampa, FL: March 2015

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/stop-the-violence-rally-held-in-response-to-surge-in-tampa-shootings/2222624

Joliet, IL: March 2015

http://www.theherald-news.com/2015/03/14/joliet-residents-and-leaders-urge-community-to-stop-the-violence/am2fujq/

Milwaukee, WI: March 2015

http://milwaukeenns.org/2015/03/20/unite-milwaukee-summit-seeks-to-address-violence/

Baton Rouge, LA: Jan 2015

http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-holds-rally-for-bloody-start-to-new-year/

 

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9 thoughts on “If Black Lives Matter, Why Don’t Black People Protest About “Black-on-Black” Crime?

  1. ShelbyCourtland

    It is true what you say because activists are always out in Baltimore, MD protesting crime and violence in that city. I was one such activist. I am now living in Minnesota, but I intend to go back to Baltimore because that city and the people who make up the City of Baltimore mean much to me. Baltimore welcomed me at a time when I was sunk lower than the Titanic.

    I agree with everything that you have said in this post and the sad fact is that those who run the mainstream media have an agenda and that agenda is to denigrate Black people as much as possible. Their agenda is not to show the positive things that are going on in Black communities, but to only show the negative aspects.

    So, please I hope that you will continue to counter the negative mainstream media with posts such as this one. It helps to counter the adverse propaganda that is filling the airwaves, the internet and radio about how Black people are ignoring our plight when that is so not true!

    Thank you!

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  2. ShelbyCourtland

    Reblogged this on shelbycourtland and commented:
    The truth is Black people are speaking up and are doing things about crime and violence in so-called Black communities but because of who controls the media, you would never think so.

    An excellent post with many fine points!

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  3. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™ and commented:
    Black on Black crime is rampant in Black communities based on the poverty level, so to erase Black on Black crimes, erase poverty and educate the Black citizens. Now KKKop on Black crime is a bit different than Black on Black crime. KKKops are hired, and paid to “serve & protect” THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. Murdering People Of Color, most who are unarmed, is the problem and we will not be fooled into ignoring Killer KKKops.

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  4. Jenny

    Who is better – a #blacklivesmatter thug, a radical feminist or a #trump2016 lunatic? I have no answer. But we need to stop and look at ourselves.

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