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  •  "White on white crime" (18+ / 0-)

    I think it's often helpful to do this kind of verbal substitution.  It serves to illustrate just how much race is built into our discussion of so many issues.  All over the country, white people kill other white people every day.  Yet if you were to talk about "white on white crime," people would look at you like you were crazy.  Our language simply doesn't have such a phrase.

    The non-existence of the phrase -- together with the existence and constant use of "black on black crime" -- tells us something, or at least it should.  Language is nothing but the symbolic reflection of how we think about things.  Clearly, we have been trained to think of "black on black crime" as a kind of separate and discrete phenomenon.  When white people kill other white people, it's just called "crime."  Indeed, in cases in which both the perpetrator and victim are white, it's actually unusual for their race to be mentioned.  

    As the article from The Root notes, the use of the term "black on black crime" connotes an assignment of fault, as if the race of either the perpetrators or the victims somehow plays a causal role in the commission of the crime.  Obviously, this allows white people to ascribe the responsibility for the violence in poor, inner-city neighborhoods to the race of the residents, which then permits us to avoid any discussion of underlying social factors that unquestionably play a key role.

    T&R'd.  Now it's back to work for me.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 01:34:36 PM PDT

    •  Agree. We also need to change (16+ / 0-)

      the use of the word crime - or expand it- there are more corporate white collar criminal in America, than those busted for "street crimes".  They just don't go to jail.  Some even get to run for President - like Romoney.  And violence - the violence of poverty inflicted on folks kills more people than bullets.

      But I still think we have to deal with things going on in our communities as best we can without waiting around for there to be a mass movement that may not every happen.

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 01:43:44 PM PDT

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      •  So true. (12+ / 0-)
        violence of poverty inflicted on folks kills more people than bullets
        How many die early, not because of a shooting, but because of environmental poisoning, lack of medical care, etc.?  

        It's all tied together.  And the common denominator is poverty.   But it's more than that.  Your list was excellent.  

        The nation has lost so many generations when it could have been different.  For a fraction of the cost of the Iraq war, we could remediated all the lead.  All of it.  Prevneted brain damage.  

        Jesse Jackson used to say it cost more to send a kid to jail than it did to send him or her to Yale.

        The acts of our nation have been both immoral and self-destructive, for had we done the right things, all sorts of human and financial costs could have been prevented.  

        There still seems ot be no will.  

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        by TomP on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 01:49:29 PM PDT

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