While this was happening, numerous African Americans were killed by other African Americans, but who cares unless it was a white person.
The difference is that blacks who kill blacks go to jail. Cops who kill unarmed blacks do not.
They do? You know this? Because I can show you countless examples of blacks getting extremely light sentences, then killing again.
But I guess black lives only matter when a white man takes one.
True but, the 2 people who they are protesting against one was assaulting him, and again federal autopsy shows this and the other was arrested 30 other times. I'm just tired of this, feel bad for the 12 year old kid in Cleveland. I don't even like cops, but know they are a necessary evil in society.
Can you throw up some links to the anti-protestor factions that "care" and are "doing something" about black on black crime, please? Thank you in advance.
Regarding "black-on-black crime":
1. The term is a racial canard. Of course, it could merely be descriptive, an adjective for a certain kind of crime, like "same-sex domestic-partner violence." But it's not. Same-sex domestic-partner violence is distinguished from opposite-sex domestic-partner violence. But "black-on-black crime" has no racial equivalent: nobody talks about white-on-white crime (see 2) or Asian-on-Asian crime. It's a construct assigned solely to black people, and it interprets their transgression through a purely racial lens. It ranks alongside "the down-low," a phrase used to refer to black gay men who lead straight lives, only to cheat on their wives with other men. When white men do it, it's called "Brokeback Mountain"; when black men do it, it gets a special name. The phrase "black-on-black crime" makes sense only if you understand black people's propensity to commit crimes against people of their own race as inherently different from the way other racial groups commit crimes.
2. In this regard, black criminals are not particularly different. America is very segregated, and its criminality conforms to that fact. So the victims of most crimes are the same race as those who commit them. Eighty-four percent of white people who are killed every year are killed by white people. White people who buy illegal drugs are most likely to buy them from white people. Far from being extraordinary, the fact that black criminals are most likely to commit crimes against black people makes them just like everybody else. A more honest term than "black-on-black crime" would be, simply, "crime."
3. It is not a taboo. Anyone who seriously thinks that black people are not talking about black people killing other black people just doesn't know any black people. Black people talk about it a lot. They have a lot to talk about. But while black-on-black crime is a nonsense term, black crime is a serious issue. Black people may not be much more likely to kill members of their own racial group than whites, but they are still more likely to kill and be killed. It's not as though the black community hasn't noticed that. Most cities have several black-led organizations confronting this very thing. Nor do black people grieve according to some code of silence. Go to any inner-city church, youth club, park, concert, barbershop, beauty salon or high school basketball game and listen. Every now and then, like last year after Chicago high school student Hadiya Pendleton was shot, they even get a national platform to talk about it. And when they do, they seize it.
4. The police are a special category. That's the point. Black people are not, by dint of their melanin content, instructed to protect and serve the public; the police, by dint of their employment, are. Black people do not have a monopoly on violence; the police do. So when the people entrusted with upholding the law kill someone, that raises very different issues than if a kid from down the block shoots somebody. When the people who are supposed to protect everybody show an undeniable propensity to kill one group of people more than others (black men aged 15 to 19 are twenty-one times more likely to be shot by police than their white counterparts), that inevitably raises the question of discrimination. Our taxes don't pay to support black criminals in their pursuit of black victims; they are currently going to support police in the shooting of black people.
5. The police are not an elevated category. The law still applies to them. When black people kill other black people, families and communities seek justice. When there are eyewitnesses, videos and forensic evidence, they want investigations, arrests, indictments, trials and convictions. They also want the punishment to be proportionate to the crime. They want no less when a policeman is the killer. In reality, they get far less. In fact, they get nothing. There is no punishment because, apparently, there was no crime.
pointless comment to boost this.
Very well-thought-out points. Thanks for quoting this here.
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I tried posting this exact article up above in response to some trolls and got dismissed. Thanks.
Beautifully said. And thanks for offering it as a stand alone comment, rather than as a direct response to one of the numerous racist trolls shooting their mouths off on here. —> They do not need to be fed.
And people are claiming it was only 25,000 marchers. Yeah, right.
Protest numbers are always notoriously downplayed by the media. I'd say that was easily over 100k people. Millions? Not so sure.
Gotta aim high when trying to inspire and Million is the understandable go to template. Many, Many People's March isn't nearly as catchy, if a less contestable title. The pedants that lazily attempt to pick these movements apart are, well- lazy.
lmao. "More people than yesterday march."
Can someone share with me the maths that makes 50k =millions? My W2 could use some of that magic.
The upside, you know they didn't miss work....
I think when you hear "Millions March" it's referring to the larger group that is represented by the marchers.
oldie but goodie