Is “Black on Black crime” a real thing? Not as real as the mainstream media would like you to believe. Black on Black Crime is real in the same way that “White on White Crime”, “Hispanic on Hispanic Crime”, “Asian on Asian Crime” and so on. There is no discernible difference in the crimes or the number of crimes committed by these groups against their own race, only in the way African American’s are perceived by society and in the media. This article, however, is not going to be one of those media bashing articles, even though it is a major part of the problem. I’ll save that article for another day. Today is about debunking the age-old myth that African American’s are more prone to criminal activity and violence than white people.
Ask yourself, why is it that you never hear the phrase ‘white on white crime’ when a white person commits a crime against another white person? The simple, honest, and most obvious answer is the media’s racial bias toward Black people, especially young black men. The phrase ‘Black on Black Crime’ is a loaded racial term that feeds into the media’s false perception that young black men roam the streets raping, murdering, and pillaging people like modern-day Vikings. Or even more disturbingly, that they are ‘Uncontrollable beast with a propensity toward violence that needs to be stopped at all costs.’ The term ‘Black on Black Crime’ was designed to sow feelings of self-hatred and division in the African-American community.
The phrase implies that black people are somehow more violent than whites and other groups which is patently false. Being black and from the inner city doesn’t make a person innately more violent any more than being a stereotypical racist, southern white person. We are a nation of immigrants. Even from the early days, immigrants—whether they were Irish, Italian, Polish, Middle Eastern, and yes, even African’s—tended to feel more comfortable living among people from the same cultural and religious background. However, this meant they were more likely to be victimized by someone from that same group.
We cannot deny that there is a problem in the Black community when it comes to Black on Black violence, but we shouldn’t be singled out. Internalized racial crime happens in all communities, some more than others do, but to say that individuals who commit crimes against their own race is somehow unique to African-Americans, just isn’t true.
Studies have shown that white people who live in rural areas with similar economic backgrounds and education levels as blacks have committed roughly the same number of crimes against their own race as we have. In many cases, whites have committed more crimes than black people. The myth that ‘Black on Black Crime’ far exceeds similar crimes in other communities isn’t the truth. We have our share of issues that may be unique to the black community, but crime’ isn’t one of them.
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