In the wake of marches for Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Officer Darren Wilson questions are looming from across the nation if supporters of the victims would care if they were killed by blacks. I will first answer this question by saying simply no and here’s a few reasons why:
When taking into account racial statistics of the Death Penalty and homicide blacks are charged 10% harder with often longer sentences or sentences sufficient for their crimes. Race doesn’t seem to be a factor in such cases because punishment is already granted. The justice system has been historically known for its racial disparities and as well as judicial laws enforced by individuals who have been known to target urban communities. For example the War on Drugs and Stop and Frisk Policy. So when presented with a black perpetrator and black victim there seems to be a higher chance of the murderer getting jail time.
What about black on black violence?
It doesn’t exist. Yes the murder rate for African-Americans is 4 times the national average , and when high-profiled deaths occur within the black community 9 times out of 10 protesters are often bashed for not having rallies about the black on black violence. Yet, people have forgotten these marches do exist:
Chicago Marches to End Gun Violence
Bronx Community Unites Against Gun Violence
They are not considered black on black crime marches because they are end Gun Violence Protests.4 out 5 black homicides victims are killed with guns. On top of that the “From 1980 until 2008, Bureau of Justice data explains that while 93% of Black victims were killed by Blacks, 84% of White victims were killed by Whites”. Although blacks are at a higher percentage the statistics show murder victims are often killed by someone of the same race. VIOLENCE is a problem no matter what and the only reason why black on black violence has become a phenomenon is because of stereotypes and media bias. May I ask what about white on white violence?….. wouldn’t it be the same? Does it not exist?
The facts remain that White and Black perpetrators are treated differently….especially on white-black, black-white biases. I personally have yet to see a case where an African-American has not been properly arrested for a murder linked to a White-American but I guess it’s the politics of things. If the shoe were on the other foot people would try to understand the pain of parents who have loss their child and faith in their own communities who have failed them in justice. The biggest problem here is America disregarding humanity.
Now I’m answering yes …….
A boy is mysteriously left in a gym rolled up in mats and a face that sadly resembles Emmett Till. There are no answers, a botched job of an autopsy, a body filled with News Paper and no answers. And we thought bringing this to light would change things, would give us answers but it didn’t. Kendrick Johnson still hasn’t had a peaceful rest.
Then there was the hoodie and perception. A “great job” of a defense attorney who just had to persuade a jury in a heated debate defending the wrong. and only two people truly know of the exact events. The murderer walked free…
The choke-hold caught on tape….. and nobody heard the cry for help but the people who cared. And there still marching for the victims rights.
Then the music that became too loud became the reason to assassinate a child……. and then there was the young man shot and killed at Wal-Mart over perception, and the young mans body laying in the street for 4 hours with no covers and no decency to protect his privacy.
And then it was all those who came before and after it’s only because of social media that people even care to document everything and when you add the color lines the problems and circumstances become deeper, much more questionable and more of a reality. Without knowing the race of these individuals and there murders would you care?
Yes. So what makes race change this?