Black lives matter – except for the 93% of black murder victims who are killed by other blacks

Trayvon Martin.

Michael Brown.

Eric Garner.

John Crawford.

Tamir Rice.

Akai Gurley.

All of them were unarmed, young black males who were killed by someone who was not black.

All have received substantial national media coverage.

There have been protests.

There has been smashing of windows, looting, and burning down of businesses owned by innocent people who had nothing to do with the killings.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have done their usual stuff.

Many college students, including students from at least three law schools (Columbia, Harvard, and Georgetown), have requested either that their final exams be delayed, or, that it be declared impossible for them to get a failing grade – all because of the trauma that they are experiencing as a result of these recent killings.

I can’t wait until these students – especially the law students – get jobs in the real world, where a request for such a delay would be considered absurd.

A white student at Oberlin College sent the following email to her math professor, where she requested that black students be allowed to delay their statistics final exam:

“It has come to the attention of students that students of color, particularly Black students, who have suffered significant trauma over the past few weeks due to the Grand Jury decisions are not at all in a place to take their finals right now. I am not among these students, and as a white, middle-class person, I have to privilege [sic] of being able to step away from these events and put enough energy into schoolwork and finals to assure that I will pass my classes.”

“[T]he college administration has done very little, if anything, to support students who are struggling and feel traumatized because of the recent (and day-to-day) acts of racism in this country. Black students and other students of color have to focus on their survival and are expected to put energy into finals, while the white students, who may also feel shaken by these events, but not to the same degree, can focus most of our time on studying and preparing for finals.”

“I am asking that you create an option for students who do not feel like they are in a place emotionally, mentally, or physically, to postpone the statistics final… I am asking that you use your power to support your students who have put so much energy into the class already. They are tired, they are hurting beyond belief, and their wellbeing needs to be prioritized.”

One minute later, the math professor wrote back the with following. This is the complete text of his email:

“No.”

That brilliant, factual, emotion-free, one word response is exactly what I would expect from a math professor.

Note the following from the Oberlin student’s email:

“as a white, middle-class person, I have to privilege [sic] of being able to step away from these events and put enough energy into schoolwork and finals to assure that I will pass my classes”

That is an excellent example of “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

The Oberlin student decided to embarrass her professor by posting her email, and his response, on her Facebook page. She included a “trigger warning” for “violent language.” Her effort to embarrass the professor must have backfired, because she soon removed the Facebook posting. Apparently, her Facebook post did not get the kind of reaction she had been hoping for.

Two law schools – Columbia and Harvard – offered students sessions with “trauma counselors”and “mental health professionals” to talk about the decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man.

“Trauma counselors”?

“Mental health professionals”?

No! No! No!

That’s not what these students need.

What these students need – and remember, these are law students – is to be told the legal reason that officer Wilson was not indicted.

During officer Wilson’s grand jury, seven black witnesses said, and forensic evidence showed, that Michael Brown assaulted officer Wilson before Wilson shot and killed Brown.

But apparently, these two law schools are not interested in presenting their law students with the legal explanation for why officer Wilson was not indicted.

One would think that a law school – of all places – would be interested in teaching its students about something such as – oh, I don’t know – the law!

But no. Not these two law schools. Not Columbia Law School. Not Harvard Law School. These law schools aren’t interested in teaching law. Instead, these law schools are offering their law students appointments with “trauma counselors”and “mental health professionals.”

Disgusting.

In the past, I was impressed when I heard that someone was going to a fancy, elite, exclusive law school. I thought it meant they had intelligence. I thought it meant they had worked hard in studying the subjects of logic and reason.

I will never make that mistake again.

Anyway, on to the primary subject of this essay.

“Black lives matter.”

That’s a phrase that has gotten a lot of attention recently.

But the phrase apparently doesn’t apply to the 93% of black murder victims who were killed by other blacks.

When was the last time there were prolonged, nationwide protests over a black person getting killed by another black person?

When was the last time that innocent businesses had their windows smashed, were looted, and got burned down, in response to a black person getting killed by another black person?

When was the last time colleges across the country made a big deal over a black person getting killed by another black person?

When was the last time that Al Shaprton and Jesse Jackson got mad over a black person getting killed by another black person?

I can’t remember the last time that any of those things happened.

I find it especially puzzling that even though Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were killed in self defense, many people still insist that they were “murdered.” Medical records show that Trayvon Martin broke George Zimmerman’s nose, and smashed Zimmerman’s head against the concrete, before Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. Seven black witnesses said, and forensic evidence showed, that Michael Brown assaulted Darren Wilson before Wilson shot and killed Brown. But none of this has stopped huge numbers of people from insisting that Martin and Brown were “murdered.”

Based on the seven black witnesses and forensic evidence at officer Wilson’s grand jury, a St. Louis County grand jury decided that it would not file charges against officer Wilson. When President Obama expressed his disappointment with the grand jury’s decision, Obama made no reference to these “witnesses” or “evidence.” The complete text of Obama’s statement can be read here.

Obama has a Harvard law degree. For him to ignore the witnesses and evidence from officer Wilson’s grand jury is inexcusable.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice issued this report. On page 13 it says:

“93% of black victims were killed by blacks”

Some people counter this by pointing out that on the same page, it also says:

“84% of white victims were killed by whites”

In other words, this counter-argument shows that most murder victims, whether they be black or white, are killed by people of their own race. And this claim is true. So, perhaps it is simply a result of the fact that most murder victims are killed by someone that they know.

However, as a counter-counter-argument, on the same page, charts show that the number of “black on white” murders is substantially bigger than the number of “white on black” murders, and this holds true for both “stranger homicides” as well as for “friend/acquaintance homicides.”

In other words, the number of blacks who murder whites is larger than the number of whites who murder blacks, regardless of whether or not the killer and victim know each other.

And I guess that explains this quote from Jesse Jackson:

“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery — then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”

So, in summary:

1) Black lives matter, except for the 93% of black murder victims who are killed by other blacks.

and

2) The lives of whites who are killed by blacks (a number which is larger than the number of blacks who are killed by whites) don’t matter at all.

 

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December 23, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Education, Justice for Trayvon, Political correctness, Politics, Racism, Violent crime.

10 Comments

  1. EDell replied:

    Any racist ever think that poverty is a huge problem among blacks, which can easily relate to racism by whites against blacks to ensure that poverty remain a huge problem for blacks, which in turn inevitably results in ongoing crime and homicides? Also, whites are no saints themselves when more of them kill each other in the US than in just about any other country in the world, and America is considered to be the “richest” country on the planet, so poverty doesn’t seem to be an issue for why whites kill other whites. So why do white Americans kill other white Americans in greater numbers than any other whites do anywhere else in the world? Seems like that’s more of a problem than blacks killing blacks, who at least have a legitimate reason for why they end up doing it. Someone explain that.

    • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

      Poverty does not cause people to commit violent crime.

      No one has a “legitimate reason” for killing an innocent person.

      • EDell replied:

        Poverty creates a state of mind that can be degenerative to people, and which is often compounded by hopelessness and desperation to escape such a life, in some cases doing so by involving oneself in criminal areas of life as a way, if a misguided one, but also seen as the only one, out of that poverty. And with what becomes an increasingly degenerative state of mind as one deepens their involvement in criminality, there are those who will go to the extent of killing to achieve their desired goal, whatever it may be. You won’t find much of that state of mind in people who aren’t poor, which explains why crime rates and killings are lower in middle and upper class neighborhoods and districts, because only poverty generates that mentality on the scale it does. So no, poverty in and of itself doesn’t cause people to commit violent crime, the conditions of poverty is what creates the mentality in one to do so. You’re not very up on psychology, are you?

      • hmichaelh replied:

        Your argument is based on fallacious reasoning. When you say, “…So no, poverty in and of itself doesn’t cause people to commit violent crime, the conditions of poverty is what creates the mentality in one to do so…” you seem to not recognize “the conditions of poverty” would not exist without “poverty.” Therefore, Poverty could be viewed as the primary basis for violent criminal behavior. But what you do not address is why so many people in poverty do not involved themselves in violent criminal behavior. Neither do you address why those who are not poor do commit violent crimes.

        Since you view yourself as being so current on issues based on psychology, perhaps you can explain this:

        I guess there are many causes of violent criminal behavior. It would be interesting to learn your thoughts on why the statistics identify the incidence of poor Negro on Negro violent crime is so much greater than poor Caucasian on Caucasian violent crime. Here we have two populations made up of poor people, but the blatantly obvious difference is their race. Why is the per capita statistic so consistently damning for the Negro community?

        Based on current rates of first incarceration, an estimated 32% of black males will enter State or Federal prison during their lifetime, compared to 17% of Hispanic males and 5.9% of white males.

        [link to http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov]

        At midyear 2007 there were 4,618 black male sentenced prisoners per 100,000 black males in the United States, compared to 1,747 Hispanic male sentenced prisoners per 100,000 Hispanic males and 773 white male sentenced prisoners per 100,000 white males.

        [link to http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov]

        In 2005, Homicide offending rates for blacks were more than 7 times higher than the rates for whites

        [link to http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov]

        Here is a Video which you should watch about poverty and violent crime base on Dept. of Justice Crime Statistics. It’s even in cartoon format to help you understand it better:

      • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

        The majority of poor people who live in poor neighborhoods are not criminals.

        People have free will.

        No, I’m not very up on psychology, at least not your version of it.

  2. hmichaelh replied:

    The first three were violating the law. The next two were shot because they were exhibiting threatening behavior, innocent as it may have been. It was still seen by the police as threatening. Only the last one was completely innocent, and killed by a rookie policeman.

  3. 5WarVeteran replied:

    Black on black crime does not count and neither does black on white crime. But White on black crime at such a SMALL percentage does count because it is of course always racist.
    Bullshit!
    How many of those white on black murders are happening because the blacks attacked the whites in that instance?
    I would love to know those stats.
    I am not saying that racism does not happen but I am saying the percentages are so small as to be being done by radicals.

    • 5WarVeteran replied:

      following!

  4. EDell replied:

    hmichaelh replied:

    When you say, “…So no, poverty in and of itself doesn’t cause people to commit violent crime, the conditions of poverty is what creates the mentality in one to do so…” you seem to not recognize “the conditions of poverty” would not exist without “poverty.” Therefore, Poverty could be viewed as the primary basis for violent criminal behavior.

    —–

    If that were true, then everyone in a state of poverty would be a criminal or killer, but that’s not the case, which proves that poverty isn’t the cause. It’s what poverty does to some people’s psyche that results in allowing themselves to become criminals or killers to a greater extent than you would find in middle and upper class segments of society. Would you say that being in a middle or upper class environment was the cause of criminal behavior in some people from those segments of society? Of course not. What poverty creates is more triggers to affect more people to go astray than are found in middle and upper class segments of society. But again, not everybody in poverty will become a criminal, most don’t, so in and of itself poverty isn’t the cause, just as the middle and upper class states of life aren’t causes for criminals that emerge from them. It’s just that the more triggers you have, the more criminals you’ll spawn, and for obvious reasons poverty has more than its fair share of triggers.

  5. bigguy3080 replied:

    Black lives matter. So why do they abort over 2,000 babies a day? Why is there over 70% of black men don’t take care of their kids? Why many of them don’t graduate high school?

    I believe that so many of them are born into fatherless homes, they never have an AUTHORITY FIGURE. They are so used to acting like wild animals that they think what they did is NOT wrong. Just last night on Christmas here in Milwaukee a few black guys sprayed bullets into homes and one hit a 5 year old, but hey, “Black lives matter.” How bout this: Black lives matter*. It’s just like car company saying you get 0% financing with an asterik right next to it, but in the small print it explains how its highly unlikely.

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