When is it appropriate to talk about black on black crime?

This morning I was reading an article in the Chicago Tribune about a grandmother sitting on her southside porch with her son. She was already grieving over the death of her daughter, and the funeral scheduled for today when she and he were shot. They weren’t  the Klan’s latest victims. No, they were shot by members of their own community. So where is the outrage? Where are the cameras? Where is the media? All of these questions are rhetorical because we all know the answers. Killing within the community by people who live in the community is not news. When high profile killings like Freddie Gray happen all eyes are on the case, and if anyone attempts to bring up black on black crime they are labeled as a Uncle Tom, Aunt Jemima or conservative. So let’s agree in the midst of a national story might not be the time to have the conversation, but when is the time? If the Klan was actually killing black people on a daily basis it would be a national story, but killings happen daily within the community and it is barely mentioned on the daily news. So what do you think? Can we talk or is this not the time? Share your thoughts.


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  • Bill  On May 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    There will never be more compelling evidence that the liberal, left leaning Democrats don’t give a hoot about black lives than cases such as this one which play out every day in this country. And please don’t mistake my assertion as being directed toward just white, liberal, left leaning Democrats. The only time that they show up is when the victim of violence is black and the assailant is white. Otherwise there is no opportunity for political exploitation.

    If all black lives really mattered to them there would be the same degree of outrage expressed about the loss of all black lives by violence irrespective of who the assailants are. The lack of outrage expressed on their part has inured the black community to it and has caused many there to resign themselves to simply accept it as the cost of living in the hood.

  • lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com  On May 18, 2015 at 8:49 am

    That’s one reason I fought to get out of the hood, the violence. Sometimes I think the media makes a big deal over high profile killings so that the African American Community will try to wake up to this “Black on Black” crime. Its really scandelous that you cannot walk, sit on your porch, be in your home without fear some bullet will come thru with your name on it. Something seriously has to be done. This type of violence is monsterous.

  • elogam  On May 22, 2015 at 1:06 am

    When should we talk about black on black crime? We need a 24 hour news channel. The CNN of black crime. We will not defeat it until we address it, and we cannot seem to address it because it might “offend” or “make uncomfortable” those who downplay it and refuse to embrace their role in putting an end to it.

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