I was recently doing my obligatory scouring of the internet via Twitter, Facebook and the various other sites that provide me not only with quick news but people’s opinions of said quick news when I encountered the term, “Black on Black crime”. It’s a term I’ve heard for a substantial portion of my life, but as my life experience becomes more and more multi-cultural I’m more aware of how we black folk are unique in our approach to most things in the context of race. I recently was made aware of the fact that most black people are racialists, meaning we view most things through the prism of race and racial politics.
Having said all of that, I felt it was important for me to say, What the Hell is “Black on Black Crime”? I know what it’s supposed to be, but when you think about it, most people commit crimes against people they know or are aquainted with. Most murder victims know their murderers, most robbers rob people they have access to. So my point is most black criminals are gonna have black victims, just like most white criminals are gonna have white victims. So when we say, “we need to stop this black on black crime”, are we suggesting that it would be better if black folks only chose white victims? Think of all the problems that would cause. Then we’d have to backtrack and say, “y’all need to stop robbing all these white people before they think we’re all criminals”!
I don’t claim to have the answer to the so-called “black on black crime” dilemma, but how about this. The next time you see a bruvva about to rob or murder another bruvva, just say:
You: hey man, don’t do that. You about to make all of us look bad.
Criminal Bruvva: you know, that’s a good idea. I don’t want to contribute to the “black on black crime” problem. I’m gonna go rob or kill a white dude. Thank you for helping me to see the error of my ways.
You: nah, don’t rob or kill a white dude, then you’ll be sending the wrong message to that white dude and his family and Rush Limbaugh.
Criminal Bruvva: You know what you’re right. I’m just gonna get my life together, maybe go back to school and make something of myself.
I may be a dreamer, but I know I’m not the only one. Let’s stop all of this “human on human crime”!