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Comparing the non-analogous Part 1: Black on Black Crime Vs. Police Brutality

blackonblackbillboardThis photo scurried across my Facebook timeline a couple of days ago. I’ve given myself this new rule. I don’t debate (or educate) after 9pm and not on weekends at all. This billboard appeared on my timeline after ‘office hours’ so I simply posted it and said ‘i’ll explain the problem with this later’.

It’s later.

This billboard in Orange Mound, Tennesee was sponsored by civil rights activist Fred Davis. I was taught to respect my elders. Fred Davis marched with Dr. King and has a very colorful history in fighting for my rights and has a great spot in black history as being Memphis City Council’s first black chairmain. Thank you Mr. Davis.

That being said, I wholeheartedly disagree with you and I wish you would’ve spent your coins on something that would have actually helped the community you’re reprimanding.

My first problem with this billboard is the jab Mr. Davis takes at the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Black Lives Matter is more than a hashtag. It isn’t a moment. It is a movement. The movement was born in 2012 after George Zimmerman was acquitted for his crime, the crime of murdering Trayvon Martin. It is a movement that has created a conversation on social media AND the streets, a tactic to re-build the black liberation movement.

Different from Mr Davis’ movement in that it affirms that ALL #BlackLivesMatter, queer black lives, trans black lives, disabled black lives, women’s black lives and black lives along the gender spectrum.

So why isn’t it fair to compare black on black crime to police brutality Carrie? I mean, if black people didn’t commit so much crime, then white police officers wouldn’t be in their communities so much.

Well, Rudy Giuliani, your argument is flawed and I’ll tell you why.

In 1978, Charles Silberman wrote “it would be hard to imagine an environment better calculated to evoke violence than the one in which black Americans have lived.”

It’d be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. White people, well the white supremacist system has created a violent environment since we got off the boat and then have the nerve to get on TV and blame us for the violence! Crime and Poverty is a vicious cycle.

Not to mention, while the number of unarmed black people killed by the police has increased, black crime has decreased.

A few fun facts.

Between 1991 and 2008, homicides committed by black people declined by half.

In Chicago, the number of black killings in 2014 was the lowest since 1965.

When Eric Gardner was killed by the police in New York City, the rate of homicides by blacks had declined 80 percent.

So are the police killing black people because we just commit more crime?

A few more fun facts.

In 2011, white people were responsible for 83% of white murders but I haven’t heard ANYTHING about the white-on-white crime epidemic.

According to Bureau of Justice statistics, from 1980-2008 53.3 percent of gang homicides were committed by white offenders.

But we’re the thugs…. LOL

“The term ‘black-on-black’ crime is a destructive, racialized colloquialism that perpetuates an idea that blacks are somehow more prone to violence. This is untrue and fully verifiable by FBI, DOJ and census data. Yet the fallacy is so fixed that even African Americans have come to believe it.” (Quoted from this article)

My biggest challenge as a young activist is convincing BLACK people that Black lives matter. All my skin folk ain’t my kin folk.

Bringing up black on black crime when police murder ANOTHER black person is lazy and simple minded at best and shifts the blame from the murderer to the victim. In my personal opinion, niggas ahem.. people use ‘black-on-black’ crime as an excuse to not do anything. If we have black-on-black crime as a scapegoat, there’s no reason to march, no reason to pressure politicians to create policy that holds police accountable and no reason to force the police to release surveillance video. The lie of black on black crime mutes our voices and shrinks our power as people.

When a black man murders a black man, he goes to jail. When a police officer murders a black person, They get paid administrative leave. Cops get vacations for killing black people. Does that make anybody angry/terrified besides me?!

It isn’t fair or accurate to compare Black on Black Crime to Police Brutality because it is simply not the same thing. Apples and Oranges, if you will.

So Mr. Davis, if you really care about the black community, use those racks you dropped on that billboard and invest in your community, use that money to get politicians elected that will push policy that conveys that #BlackLivesMatter. If you have that much disposable income, keep me from committing black-on-black crime by paying my Sprint Bill, hell.

Non-Analogous Part 2: Caitlyn Jenner Vs. Rachel Dolezal

-Carrie On

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