Black on Black Crime

KaneBlack on Black Crime: Perceptions, Realities, and the Impact of Crime in the Black Community

Black on Black Crime is the fourth section within the topic of Justice or Just Us. The focus of this discussion is centered on the perceptions, realities, and the impact of Black on Black crime in the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. Does the Black Community make too many excuses for the criminal element within the Black Community, why or why not?

2. Do you feel that Black on Black crime is a ploy to make Blacks seem more dangerous or a big problem within the Black Community?

3. What do you feel is the biggest reason for Black on Black crime and what do you believe can be done to stop it?


Every time there is an incident that garners the attention of the “Black leaders” and the nation, some news network trots out the token spokes person to speak on behalf of all of Us against a “conservative” that no matter the situation see the victim as the one to blame.  The argument continues with both sides hardening their positions and then the conservative panelist drops the ultimate trump card…  “Well, where is the outrage when Black people are killing Black people in these neighborhoods?”  We’ve all seen this play out over and over again and each time it becomes more and more frustrating, because not only do We get blamed for crime in general, but We also have to be perfect victims in order for people to believe that We deserve justice….but I will digress from that subject.  To be fair though, just because some talking head may have an agenda attached to their rhetoric doesn’t make what they have to say automatically false.  There are high rates of crime in Our community and lack of opportunity and in some cases a lack of outrage over the horrific conditions We have been subjected to generation after generation.  With that being the starting point, let’s discuss how much Black on Black crime is to blame for the destruction of our community?

Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These question and more were addressed on MONTH/DAY/YEAR during the discussion which is now airing on YouTube.

4 thoughts on “Black on Black Crime”

  1. There are five times fewer black people than white people in America and, yet, they consistently carry out a larger share of the crimes? Given this rate, it s no wonder that there aren t more assistances where cops kill black criminals.

  2. 1. Yes and no. I believe that we have been disenfranchised and disadvantaged by the systems currently in place giving us less-opportunities to enhance our current standing and standards of living. However, this should not fester into an outlook that only promotes illegal or illicit activities. The harsh reality remains that we have to find a way to do more with less. That is a much bigger failing of our countries system than it is of its citizens.
    2. Absolutely!!! There is definitely more than a notion that Black people have been, continue to be, and in some cases help contribute to, the negative depiction of us all as dangerous. The idea that Black on Black crime is a bigger problem than white on white or Asian on Asian crime is a complete misnomer and is used to persists and promote the idea that Black people are to blame for the ills of society rather than the root causes of the problems.
    3. The biggest killer of Black youth today is PRIDE! By pride I mean foolish pride and the reason why is historical. When our forefathers were growing up, they were treated, talked to, and understood to be less than other nationalities. The next generations fought against that and started to stand up for themselves and insist on being treated with respect. They in turn taught their children to not let anyone disrespect them by “calling them out their name.” Nowadays this has created a hyper sense of pride within ones self and at all cost making sure they are respected. So when you hear the now popular phrase “Put some respeck on my name” and when you understand why that was said and the origins of that statement and you put it in the hands of people who only have there name, you have situations escalate to deadly heights. How to stop it….less guns, less sensitivity, more forethought on the future, putting pride in more than just a rep meant for teenagers, but in all honesty I don’t have a solution.

  3. 1. No, but there is a sense of hopelessness that the bad will outweigh the good.

    2. No the crime is real. More must be done to market and communicate the good, positive programs that are making impacts in black communities. If folks know where to go for help and a way that is different from s life a crime more will choose them.

    3. Not know what the “biggest” is, but factors are lack of leadership and parenting in communities. Fear of physical harm if one gets involved. To combat crime… meaningful jobs/careers, education, engagement with the youth and their parents when the kids are young (3-4) and have development opportunities through to college.

  4. 1. I agree with the yes and no answer. Many external factors contribute to criminal problems in these communities, but shouldn’t be an excuse to allow such situations to dwell and fester.

    2. Perhaps partially; there is a lot of both unconscious bias as well as blatant racism at play in the media and the justice system which leads to a skewed portrayal of crime rates. However, I’d have to agree with Maria that the crime problem is real. But a study by sociologists Andrew Papachristos and Christopher Wildeman found that just 4% of individuals in a high crime Chicago neighborhood, associated with the close social circles, accounted for 41% of the homicides there. In other words, a very large slice of the gun violence boiled down to just a handful of people. [2]

    In view of that finding, I would say that the problem is less widespread and unsolvable as the media would make it appear.

    3. One of the sociologists, Papachristos, says that in these cities with high crime neighborhoods; between long sad histories of segregation and discrimination and high profile incidents of police misconduct, residents are far less likely to call 911 for help. “…urban neighborhoods with higher levels of [distrust in the legal system] also have higher rates of violent crime.” Papachristos argues that “instead of a ‘hot-spot’ policing strategy of ‘casting a wide net and indiscriminately ensnaring black men, we should focus on… a “hot people” strategy’ which zooms in on the handful of people connected to the largest chunk of violent crimes. [2]

    So pushing reforms to policing and critical thinking methods in criminal investigation I think is an important social goal.

    However, on the other side of the argument conservative economist Thomas Sowell insists that violent crime wasn’t nearly as problematic prior to 1960 when black communities were far poorer and more oppressed than today. He attributes this to the rise in single-parent families which started to jump in the 1960s, along with welfare programs also started in the 60s which he believes hurts more than helps the poor. [3]

    How much of that is accurate and does all that truly affect the crime rate? It’s hard to say and might be impossible to empirically prove a causative relationship rather than just a correlative one. But, I think the point is worth noting and including in part of the conversation.

    So, I also agree that it’s important to ensure that assistance programs focus on things like community economic development, safe learning environments for kids, and job training and job search assistance, to combat both widespread disenfranchisement and possible abuses and pitfalls historically associated with the welfare system.

    1. Demby, Gene. “Race And Policing: Treat Black Men And Boys Like Victims, Too”. October 8, 2016. National Public Radio. http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/10/08/497123741/race-and-policing-treat-black-men-and-boys-like-victims-too
    2. Sowell, Thomas. May 5, 2015 “The Inconvenient Truth about Ghetto Communities’ Social Breakdown”. National Review. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417899/inconvenient-truth-about-ghetto-communities-social-breakdown-thomas-sowell

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