Debunking the Black on Black Crime Myth

Black on Black Crime is Not an Excuse for Racism Against Black People.
Black on Black Crime is Not a Valid Argument Against Systemic Racism.
Solving Violence in the Black Community Will Not Solve Racism.

Stop Using Black on Black Crime as Your Reason To Not See A Racist and Oppressive System Against Black People.

America’s tradition of oppressing Black people has gotten us to this point today; where the assault of a teenage Black girl in a classroom by an officer is seemingly justified by her being disruptive in class, where the murder of a Black man via chokehold from a police officer is justified because he was selling cigarettes, and where the arrest and later death of a Black woman in a jail cell is justified with the argument that she should have just put out her cigarette.

America’s tradition of oppressing Black people has gotten us to the point today that when a Black person speaks on their history of being oppressed, they are challenged by the argument that Black people are violent against themselves and need to take more responsibility for their plight.

America’s tradition of oppressing Black people has caused America to lose sight of why Black people in this country are oppressed in the first place.

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The “Black on Black crime” argument is rooted in racism, and to those of you that use that argument, you are perpetuating a stereotype that was created to keep Black people oppressed.

The phrase originated in the 1980’s, ironically around the same time that the Reagan Administration was pumping crack into Black and Brown communities – communities that had long been segregated and “designated” no-fly zones after Whites took their flight to the suburbs. There was an uptick in violence in the Black community attributed to drugs and poverty but without any indication of where these drugs came from and why there were no resources. Black on Black Crime was born and took hold because of America’s lack of care to solve the problems it has placed on this community.

A scapegoat at the very least, this phrase is rooted in traditional racism, the implications are strong: Black people are violent and inhumane making Black people the “other” that White superiority needs to continue thriving.

Black on Black crime cannot be a valid argument against systemic racism, when systemic racism is what created the Black on Black crime argument.

For almost a year-and-a-half, the Black community has been rising up against systemic racism, only to hear willfully ignorant people shout back “But what about Black on Black crime?!”

I promise you, I’m not the one you want to shout that at.

When I talk about the Movement and the things Black people need, the improvements governments can make from Federal all the way down to local, I’m not ignoring that there is violence in my community but I won’t acknowledge that there is violence in my community until you acknowledge that there is violence in yours.

White on White Crime looks like campus and movie theatre massacres. White on White on White Crime looks like rioting after a college football coach was let go given his involvement in child molestation cases.

When I talk about the Movement, the things Black people need, and the improvements governments can make, and you bring up Black on Black crime I will point out how you are choosing not to acknowledge your own prejudices and possible racism against Black people. What people fail to realize is that by putting the blame on the community, without tracing back where that blame originated, they are refusing to admit there is something systematically wronging Black people, and quite frankly, that ignorance is racist in itself.

Solving violence in the Black community will not solve racism because racism is what got MLK assassinated, not Black on Black crime. Racism is what says Black girls can’t wear afro puffs or braids in schools, not Black on Black crime. Racism is what keeps Black people in debt, not Black on Black Crime. Racism is what keeps Black people from getting jobs and keeping them, not Black on Black crime. Racism is what creates the assumption that Black students will not do well in the classroom, not Black on Black crime.

Sure we need to speak on violence in our community, as does every community, but not in the same instances we are speaking on an oppressive government. So if I say Black Lives Matter and you say Black on Black Crime, it’s because you don’t know any better, because your haven’t unlearned yet.

America’s tradition of oppressing Black people has caused America to lose sight of why Black people in this country are oppressed in the first place.

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One response to “Debunking the Black on Black Crime Myth

  1. I am certain that this post is a goldmine because there were GEMS. FOR. DAYS. So happy that there are others like you who find it irritating and, quite frankly, infuriating when people say “what about black on black crime.”

    “Solving violence in the Black community will not solve racism because racism is what got MLK assassinated, not Black on Black crime. Racism is what says Black girls can’t wear afro puffs or braids in schools, not Black on Black crime. Racism is what keeps Black people in debt, not Black on Black Crime. Racism is what keeps Black people from getting jobs and keeping them, not Black on Black crime. Racism is creates the assumption that Black students will not do well in the classroom, not Black on Black crime.”

    THIS. This post gave me life. Thank you so much for writing this and I am so glad to have found you!

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