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  •  The Far Greater Threat to White Males (8+ / 0-)

    Is other white males--but you never see anyone bring it up.  Ever.  I don't see anyone out there encouraging white folks to put down their guns and stop arming themselves to the teeth because the Black boogeyman. Does. Not. Exist.  Anymore than white ones such as the one that blew away a classroom's worth of kinders 13 days ago.

    They have far more to fear from their own white neighbors than they ever have to fear from Black males, when it comes to the potential for violence being visited upon them.  Murder, like most crimes, is an almost exclusively intraracial thing.  End of story.

    That being said, because it seems impossible even in supposedly liberal spaces to even talk about this issue without someone once again lumping the 4,000 Black youth who murdered someone (usually of their own race) in with the 14,000,000 who murdered absolutely no one when it comes to talking about this issue, I think that a separate discussion of the issue of Black on Black violence needs to take place, outside of the comparative context that it is always brought up in.  

    Frankly, it is usually white people (but not always) that bring it up--and they always trot out this statistic as if they are telling Black folks something they don't already know.  As if they are giving advice about something Black folks aren't already out there fighting to do something about.  Every single day.  In almost every community deeply impacted by this issue.  It doesn't take a lot of google searching to find out about what is being done, without denial, excuses, or trying to hide anything about the matter.  Which is why nothing irritates me more than the response "Black males need to do something about Black males and violence" in response to any discussion of this type. There is only one reason it is ever brought up - racist defensiveness, consciously or otherwise.

    •  yes. (3+ / 0-)
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      a separate discussion of the issue of Black on Black violence needs to take place, outside of the comparative context that it is always brought up in.  
      And a better "comparative context" might include a discussion of the pre-Reagan/Nixon/War on Drugs state of affairs in Black communities and the post-Reagan/Bush state of affairs in the same communities.
    •  Also rarely commented upon is the fact (2+ / 0-)
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      that virtually all mass murders such as at Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Columbine were committed by young, white males.

      •  Well, they become (3+ / 0-)
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        "young males with problems and issues of the mental variety."

        I remember back when they got Eric Harris' (Columbine killer) sealed files from the Pentagon as well as other medical records to verify the medication that he was taking.

        So the media actually does discuss the fact that these are sick young men.

        The whiteness is never seen as part of the sickness, though. Whereas blackness is always part of the sickness when the person is black.

        •  Right. The white male mass murderer is (2+ / 0-)
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          seen as the exception to the rule (of an otherwise non-violent, stable, balanced, successful subset of human beings), but any black male who commits a crime--any crime--serves to confirm the rule in the perception of blacks, and black males especially, as dangerous criminals to the American people and the press.

          Because the white male mass murderer is seen as the exception to the rule, the search for answers as to why? why? why? goes on and on. What went wrong? Was it mental illness? Video games? The product of bad parenting?

          But when it comes to black on black crime, or crimes committed by blacks period,  there's no need to search for an answer in the mind of the public and the press--everybody knows that's just how "those people" are. We don't ask whether maybe the kid was a crack baby?First generation, or second.  Or maybe he witnessed the incident at Fenger, or some other horrific violence as a kid and never got over the trauma.

          We do not ask those questions. As a society, we don't.

          This is how and why victims of Hurricane Sandy are showered with luxury items while victims of Hurricane Katrina are decried as "looters".

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