There is No Hypocrisy…Black Youths Lives Aren’t Valuable

hoodieBlack on Black Murder. White on Black Murder. Every other murder where black youth are the targets and victims stems from the same source: racism. If people knew and acknowledged U.S. history, we will see and admit that young black life is not worth very much in society.

We see a consistent assault on black youth, mentally as well as physically. Conditions were systematically put in place to pit blacks against blacks by a racist structure; poverty, ghettos, drugs, and every other vice that was allowed to flood the black community and mindset.

A whole demeaning culture has been put in place. It’s like a forest fire. Once the fire was lit those responsible backed off and people are saying “look at those blacks killing each other.”

And it is true. Too many people of color have no regard for the life of their brother in the skin, many whose ancestors arrived on the American soil by way of the same slave ships.

Of course, it’s not everybody.

People rise up because of good upbringing, churches, mentors, teachers, etc. The successful youths make better choices and should be applauded for their accomplishments consistently and given much press.

However, the inappropriate behavior still exists, so effective that whites no longer need to target blacks (although they still do). Black youth target themselves.

Those that don’t and have adopted a positive mindset based on love must be given the spotlight. That’s the message we need to get across to black youth.

Don’t dismiss me with “you’re blaming the white man” or “you’re making excuses for black folks misbehavior.” I am a Black Man and don’t need to make excuses. I’m addressing the question of  why the outrage over a “white” killing a black youngster, but seemingly no or little outrage for black on black murder.

Listen, whenever a black youngster kills a black youngster, it’s so common, the crime is not even investigated or prosecuted in the same way as when a white youth is murdered. That’s a historical and statistical fact. The comment is often made that “the community needs to get involved.”

That is true but not a safe or wise recourse of action. If the average citizen observes a gang killing and tells, often they themselves and their families become targets. There is little confidence in reliable protection. People choose to remain silent or street justice takes over.

And the beat goes on.

It is my opinion and observation that every so often God uses a representative situation to shed light on widespread injustice. It goes back many years. The examples are many. You have Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Trayvon Martin, even Rodney King.

It’s not that black people aren’t outraged about black on black crime; It’s their sons, daughters, relatives, neighbors, classmates, etc. Remember, it’s “Niggas killing other Niggas,” so it’s not that important if you look at it in that context. It is obvious that society and the government as a whole is not outraged.

But for black people in the inner cities, the outrage is internal and it comes out in other ways.  Frankly, we are a loving people. People who report a murder and testify against a murderer are often in jeopardy. What about their safety?

If law and enforcement and the judicial system was structured to deal with black on black crime effectively and swiftly, we wouldn’t see as much.

In the meantime, what can we do? The church needs to be reaching out and bringing Salvation to adults and youth. There are mentoring programs and after school programs. People just need to get involved, not just individually, but in a organized way.

People need to be told and shown that Black men, women, boys and girls are valuable in God’s eyesight and ours as well.

I heard Dominique DiPrima on KJLH say she’s tired of hearing the same comment, “If black people would stop killing each other, other people would respect us.” There are depraved-minded, devilish individuals who still hate black people whether we’re in the streets or wearing corporate suits.

The mindset is that a “nigger is a nigger” no matter where he is…Perhaps that was the mindset of the jury in the George Zimmerman murder case.



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