Monday, February 21, 2005

Black-on-black Crime?

Check out this story from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

An excerpt:
Some Saturday questioned whether it's helpful to use race in defining the problem.

"They don't call it white-on-white crime," said Gormas, who is white. "It seems to me that we're blaming black people for being the problem."

As pastor at Praying Hands Church of God in Christ, co-organizer Bishop Walter Durham said he rejects the concept of black-on-black crime as racist.

"We take the position that there's no such thing as black-on-black crime. There's just crime," Durham said.

"When those girls were assaulted here recently, you didn't hear people talking about white on white crime," he said, referring to the assaults of two Wyoming area schoolgirls earlier this month.

I think these rally attendees are missing the point. For so long, many in the black community have blamed every external source imaginable for violence against blacks. Every excuse in the book is given, but these stats of black-on-black crime paint a different picture. The problem is within the community itself. This is not to say that all (or even most) black people are criminals, but the much of the crime problem is emanating from the minority community. I think the point of discussing black-on-black crime is to light a fire under the good and noble people of the black community so that they will clean house. It's time the community addresses their own contributions to the problem and then fix them. This isn't about degrading people, it's about finding the cause of a problem and solving it.

I'd say most black people are just good hardworking folks who want to make a good life for themselves and their children. It's a small segment of the population that constantly victimizes and terrorizes others. But unfortunately people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters, Kweisi Mfume, and others want to use it in a political way to stick it to other people. These guys make a lot of money by convincing black people that everyone is out to get them. All they really do is hold down the community and allow problems to fester. They also drive a wedge between the Law Enforcement community and the people we serve. How are we supposed to have a solid partnership with the community when you have race-baiters constantly telling them "The Man is out to screw you over! The police are your enemy!" It's frustrating to see it happen because the people I know in Law Enforcement and the people I am training with in the academy have a genuine heart for the community. They genuinely want to see people stop being victimized. They want to see bad guys go to jail so that kids can play in the street without fear. All of us - black, white, latino, asian, whatever - want to make the cities a safer places for people of any race or background. Hopefully someday the entire community will see that we share their same goals for a safer world.


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Blogger Phil Aldridge said...

Well, until I get that race change operation, I don't think I can be an influencial black leader. We'll have to rely on other influencial leaders like Billy Cosby, Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, etc to change things.

I suppose those of us in Law Enforcement or trying to get into Law Enforcement can take extra care not to take use of force liberties with the minority community, but I would stop short of using public relation concerns when considering officer safety. It's a sticky situation, but I think in this day and age, the police aren't the main source of the unrest. You can blame Jess-uh JACK-sonuh for that.

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