Michael Dunn, a white man, was recently convicted of shooting and killing an unarmed black teen, 17 year Jordan Davis, while he sat with friends listening to music in Florida.
The Dunn case sparked national outrage, following on the heels of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the Hispanic male that shot and killed young Trayvon Martin.
The Zimmerman trial inspired activism around the world, with the cavalry of civil rights leaders and an attempted boycott of the state of Florida, as well as a sit- in at the house capital to protest racial profiling.
These cases garnered media attention, and public outcry… but what about the others?
Does Black Crime Matter?
- Claudius Smith Case: Claudius Smith, a black homeowner in Orlando, shot and killed an unarmed black man wearing a hoodie because he was allegedly peering into apartments. The dead man was 21-year-old Ricardo Sanes. Sounds very familiar to the Zimmerman/Martin case, except that both the shooter and the victim were black. There was no outrage, no protest or national media coverage. No comments from the civil right leaders about this tragedy.
- Silas Gibbs Case: Silas Gibbs a former Southern University football star was shot 5 times in his head by his best friend for no apparent reason. According to witness statement, the two were riding along with friends down Interstate 110 in Baton Rouge when the shooter, Walter Fort opened fire inside the car. There was no protest about this senseless crime.
Black-on-Black Violence: No Outcry
Daniel Cadet of the Huffington Post reported on a post-trial press conference in which Mark O’Mara (George Zimmerman’s defense attorney) stated that if his client were black “he never would’ve been charged with a crime.” Sadly, that statement holds so much truth – history shows that black-on-black violence doesn’t result in the sensationalism that comes from other crimes.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and the local NAACP members as well as citizens did not protest for Mr Sanes or Mr. Gibbs, nor were people wearing hoodies and demanding justice for either of these young men as they did for Trayvon Martin.
Although there may be criminal charges, trials and jail sentences, where is the outrage for the amount of black on black crime that is happening across the country? Who is standing up and marching and demanding change for those victims? Are their lives meaningless because they were killed by those of their own race but somehow more meaningful when they are killed by a white or Hispanic person?
Black-On-Black Crime: Is It An Epidemic Yet?
Aside from the occasional political statement, there is silence from metropolitan cities that have a high incidence of black on black crime.
Atlanta, Georgia: According to the Atlanta Police Department Uniform crime Reports from April 2011 to April 2012, African-Americans make up 54 % of the Atlanta population, but were responsible for 100% of the homicide, 95% of the rape, 94% of robberies, 84% of aggravated assaults and 93 % of burglaries in the city.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Mark Curnutte of Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the majority of homicide victims were juveniles and the trend was increasing. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s data analyst showed that victims younger than 18 had increased at a rate of roughly 1 in 7 for 2013 and 2012. The region had a total of 103 homicides for 2013, up from 53 that was recorded in 2012. Juvenile homicide was 13.3% in 2013 putting that statistic higher than the national average.
Chicago, Illinois: Between June 7, 2013 – June 9 2013, Father’s Day week-end, a total of 47 people were shot and 8 killed in Chicago according to the Chicago Tribune. It was one of the bloodiest week-ends in Chicago, with one of the young victims being just 15 years old. As bad as that was, the year before around the same time, had 53 people shot with 9 fatalities. Between March 16, 2013 and March 19, 2013, 41 people were shot and killed in Chicago. That’s 41 deaths in three days, yet these alarming figures barely received a turn of the head by the activists.
Baltimore, Maryland: The Baltimore Brew reported that in June 2013, they had 28 shootings and 10 homicides in just 5 days. Even though the city’s police commissioner Anthony Batts, vowed to get things under control, the tough talk did nothing to quell the violence.
Metropolitan Violence: Let’s Look Deeper
Cities like Detroit in Michigan, Oakland in California, St. Louis in Missouri, Chicago in Illinois, Baltimore in Maryland, Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and Atlanta in Georgia, to name a few, are always high on the list for homicides. Even though crime statistics have fallen, the cities with the highest concentration of homicides are the ones that have a high population of blacks.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics the average homicide rates for blacks was 6.3 times higher than the rate for whites.
E.W. Jackson of the American Thinker says it best. He states that, “treating poor black people as victims to be “organized” has been an abject failure … They need to be educated, inspired and required to take responsibility for their own lives.”
Despite the high incidence of black-on-black crimes, some of which occur in the very same community where the so-called civil rights leaders abide, the activists have been quiet. As a matter of fact, the silence is quite deafening.
In the cases of Silas Gibbs and Ricardo Sanes, had they been killed by a white person, then these activists would be on every news outlet. CNN and Fox News network would not be able to get enough of them. There would be marches until next Christmas to cry out about the severe injustice and never-ending racism in America.
While there are black on black crimes, abortions, absentee fathers, gangs and drugs to plague the black community, it is apparent that those issues do not fit the liberal paradigm that Jackson says the civil rights leaders are held hostage to.
Does the agenda of a civil rights leader supersede the well-being of black folks; their personal, financial and political well-being?
What do the Numbers Say?
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report showed that 2,412 blacks died at the hand of another black person in six months of 2012 not including homicides where the race of the murderer is unknown – that means the numbers are more than likely higher.
The same FBI data (2012) showed black criminals caused 91 percent of black deaths. The total number of black homicide in 2012 was 6,454. According to the percentages, that would mean 5,74 of those homicides were committed by black criminals in 2012 which would roughly make it 2,936 in a six-month span.
What does that mean? It all depends on who’s sharing the numbers, and why. Dale Hanson of the Huffington Post pointed out that though people will discuss black-on-black crime, they tend to use the data to “portray African-American men as inherently violent and dangerous -” … even though white-on-white crime occurs at approximately the same levels, according to the FBI’s statistics from 2011.
Where is the Outrage?
There’s no outrage in response to violence in urban areas focusing on Black on Black crime. The stats previously listed on the metropolitan cities show that there has been a precipitous drop in homicide and certain areas may be working on a way to reduce crime in the city, but there is no national outcry – and the activists appear to be silent unless the someone of another race causes the death of a black person.
Rep Corrine Brown, Rev Al Sharpton. Rev Jesse Jackson, Sheila Jackson Lee have had much to say about the recent racial profiling of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, yet have failed to address or publicly acknowledge what has now become an epidemic of murders in their communities, where executing the other person seems the norm to solve problems.
Save the Children
Hundreds of thousands of African-Americans have killed one another since the Civil Rights movement began. The works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey should not be in vain as we work to improve the present generation and generations to come.
There should be moral and ethical concerns with regards to the death of America’s children, regardless of race, color or creed.
The NAACP, Rainbow Coalition and self-proclaimed activists often use alleged racism, discrimination and social injustice as a marketable tool, to bring themselves front and center to address their own agenda, instead of seeking ways to change the social pathology that abounds within the urban areas and instill core values and responsibility in order to affect change.
Uplift the Community, One Activist at a Time
There is no doubt that some have tried to uplift their community, which has led to a notable reduction in crime in those areas, but more needs to be done by the more prominent leaders. Jesse Jackson, Julian Bond, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, the Congressional Black Caucus, Corrine Brown, Sheila Jackson Lee, and other civil rights leaders need to become visible in the fight for their community.
We wait with bated breath to hear their voices at town-hall meetings, to see them on CNN and Fox and local news outlets, to protest and organize marches against Black on Black crime and the youths of America.
Till then, they have truly missed the mark and have failed miserably.