Black on black crime, oh black on black crime.
How conservatives black and white adore throughout time.
If my irrational fear gain foot,
resulting in a life took,
I can always fall back and blame,
Black and black crime.
Wow, what an opener. As art imitates life, there’s definitely a gained truth in it.
The term black on black crime seems to have began in the 1980’s. In the 1970’s there was this Nixon-era effort to shift the American residual image of the poor from the rural white to the urban black. With this, it was easy to focus negative attention to the targeted group of people; unlike the Italian and Irish of the WWI era, black people were far from ever being annexed into the white conglomerate which means that any stigmatization is made to stick, perhaps for centuries. And it’s easy to maintain… if a black person “complains” about this inequality all you have to do as a white person is NOT worry about it, ignore it and keep upholding racist doctrine, unwittingly or with intent. It was too easy; news stations consistently aired black faces getting caught by police, newspapers made the distinction of race in reporting crime too… when it was a black person, that is. After the 80’s “black on black” crime had solidified in American lexicon. Unfortunately, the term shouldn’t exist, because crime is intraracial in nature.
To my anti-racism types, I like to entertain you with a field exercise. The next time you are speaking to a racism-denial “I am colorblind” type, please ask them that if everyone is on equal terms, and racism doesn’t exist, then why there isn’t a designation for “white on white” crime? Or Asian on Asian? Let me know how that goes, we can talk about our experiences in the comments section.
White on white crime doesn’t exist in American lexicon because the objective of this game is to demonize, anathematize blacks. The intent of the “black on black” crime term is to characterize crime as a black thing. Once you characterize the act with an ethnic group, you can then characterize that ethnic group with the act. People also try to side-step slightly and say “it’s not the people, it’s the culture”… Same deal, attacking the people regardless. People like to think on simple terms: Asians are subservient, blondes are dumb, and blacks are criminal. Now, I highly doubt you can find even the most crazy conservative (sorry, but liberals tend to not deny racism exists) that would suggest that whites don’t do crime. But… whites are not characterized by any crime a white person does. Whites are not judged as a collective, while blacks are. Therefore, no one has the residual image of a white person when it comes to crime. Not even whites, who are six times more likely to be victimized by a white thug.
Speaking of thugs, it does seem to be the modern term for the word nigger in context, despite the fact that there’s numerous white thugs out there. Who is Whitey Bulger, for example? I’m sure no one ever thinks of this guy as a thug, in fact I’ll go out on a limb and suggest the reason why he got away with so much crime is because he is a white criminal… I’m sure his side of town is under-policed, in comparison to uptown where blacks live. No one is looking to bust his head on a plate glass window… because he is white. This is the problem: white people, if obvious villains, will be given an angelic grant of some sort. They get more second changes. This lack of characterization of “white on white” crime grants the illusion that crime simply isn’t a white problem; it’s a black one.
This demonization of blacks and angelic grant to whites goes even further when you compare the modern day news headlines concerning black victims (yes, victims) and white suspects (they victimized people). The explicit difference in word selection and intent is damning. Even when a white person is clearly in the wrong they are given a second chance in character.
The term black on black crime shouldn’t exist because crime is intraracial in nature; people commit crime on the same ethnic group they are due to the proximity at which they live. Even further is the point that blacks care deeply about the issue of crime. There is numerous town hall meetings, talks and discussions on the issue at hand. The catch is this: white conservatives aren’t invited to those meetings, and black conservatives aren’t either because they are simply a tool for white conservatives, demonizing black people you don’t live around. No one is going to air out their problems to outside forces. Interesting enough, all conservative mention is ONLY stated when a black kid gets killed off of someone’s afrophobia. Thus, the red herring of black on black crime serves as a trash can-top shield to deflect talk about the issue at hand. Even further with crime, same ethnic groups have been inflicting upon themselves throughout time. With that said, would anyone support the lynching of blacks circa Jim Crow era by stating blacks kill more blacks? Does that fact make lynchings less racist?
Is it a moot point that these conservatives are, by virtue of bringing up the flawed notion of unrelated, irrelevant crime data, that they are in essence likening police officers to criminal gang members? Think about it: they are trying to justify the actions of police officers by comparing police officers to criminals. The whole talking point registers like this:
“Well if these criminal guys kill black people, why not cops too?”
The notion of even bringing it up when an authority figure wrongfully murders an unarmed American totally dismantles their argument by default.
Now if someone wants to compare a wrongful murdering cop to a criminal… if that’s your defense for the wrong police officer… you are not doing him a favor.