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Black On Black Violence In America - Can It Be Stopped?

Feb 4, 2008
Less than two months ago, Shane Johnson, a former blogger turned social activist, made his presence known when he traveled to Washington to question public outcry against the mistreatment of black male offenders in highly publicized crimes such as those of the Jena 6. Johnson insists that continued support for black perpetrators who commit crimes against white victims belie the instances of violence when blacks themselves are the victims and their fellow blacks the perps.

Although his stance might be highly unpopular, Johnson has a point. As the rates of black on black crime increase across the nation, the media has elected to spotlight, even victimize, young black men who, themselves, choose to commit these crimes. Civil rights leaders have held black perpetrators up as proof of an unequal justice system while crimes in which black women are raped by black men and young black men are shot and killed in gang violence with other black gang members.

Johnson believes that there needs to be equal time for all crimes in order for the nation to completely understand the crimes committed by blacks, and that minimizing the publicity about black on black crime because it does not further the needs of anyone.

The numbers also agree with Johnson. As of the 2005 census, blacks accounted for only thirteen percent of the population of the United States, but accounted for nearly half of the nation's murder victims and 93% of those murder victims were killed by other blacks. Other violent crimes, such as rape and assault, were also reported to affect blacks at a level disproportionate with their population numbers.

The fact that black on black violence in America presents a problem for the black community and the nation as a whole cannot be ignored. Blacks have a greater chance of being the victim of a black perpetrator than a white one. The numbers warrant a deeper look into the problem.

The black-on-black crime needs to end because it is cutting short the lives of future doctors, lawyers, producers and successful entrepreneurs.

It will always be hard to move along if people cannot get along. The more jealous black people get about the things other people have, the more black people will continue to treat each other badly. It is a crying shame that material items can have that much of an effect on people but they can be the root of a lot of jealously among a particular group.
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Jack A. Goode, II has a keen interest in the issues involving black on black violence in America and if you would like to check out another thought provoking blog, please visit my other blog for more insight into Jack A. Goode, II.
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