Black 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?
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Justice or Just Us: The OJ Effect
The OJ Effect is the third section in the discussion on Justice or Just Us topic. The focus of this discussion revolves around the impact the media plays on race and justice in America and how that positively or negatively impacts the Black Community.
The 3 Questions
1. Does the media make more of some incidents/crimes with a racial component then it should and why or why not?
2. Do you feel that the media shows Black crime suspects pictures on purpose, why or why not?
3. What do you most remember about the OJ trial and which over arching issue stood out the most to you concerning society at large?
Why OJ some of you are asking? Why would We name a section that has to do with the justice system and law enforcement include the likes of OJ Simpson? The answer is simple, his first trial exposed everything wrong with the justice system. We are not saying OJ did it, nor are we saying that the results of the jury were wrong. However, the OJ trial brought out the dividing lines between rich justice vs poor justice, famous justice vs not famous justice, and black justice vs white justice. However, one of the unconscious effects of the OJ trial was the media coverage and how they played on peoples sensitivities and biases. This type of media coverage has only been exacerbated by the politically leaning 24/7 news channels, and has helped to crystalize an environment of mistrust of one another and promote overarching assumptions about a situation before the facts are known. This unfortunately greatly impacts the Black Community due to the statistical representation of Us being accused and convicted of crimes. Are the effects of the OJ trial assisting in the destruction of the Black community?
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The O.J. Effect Part 1
The O.J. Effect Part 2
The O.J. Effect Part 3
Do Not Pass Go: Prison and It’s Impact on the Black Community
Do Not Pass Go is the second topic in the discussion on Justice or Just Us. The focus of this discussion is centered on the impact that prison has had on the Black Community and whether we can do anything to hinder it.
The 3 Questions
1. Does the Black Community benefit more than it suffers from the use of prisons in America as currently constituted, why or why not?
2. What do you feel is the biggest reason for such a disproportionate number of Blacks in Prison?
3. Is prison the new form of slavery?
Monopoly is my favorite board game ever because of the competitiveness and tactics necessary to survive and thrive in it. The game teaches you how to invest, how to take a financial lose, and that sometimes the wrong roll of the dice can land you in prison. All games aside, going directly to jail has been a reality in the Black and impoverished communities for decades. There are a myriad of theories and thoughts about why the pipeline from Our neighborhoods to prison exist, but the problem isn’t the how it’s the why! Why does it seem like 25% of Our male population is destined for trouble with the law? That means if you have 4 sons and you are Black, one of them is going to go to prison!! Are We really that bad? Are the rules really that strict? Are We ever given the benefit of doubt? Is the idea of the laws heavy handedness with Us to blame for the destruction of Black community?
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Do Not Pass Go Part 1
Do Not Pass Go Part 2
Do Not Pass Go Part 3
Justice or Just Us?: Black People’s Contentious Relationship With Law Enforcement
Justice or Just Us is the namesake and first segment within the topic of Justice or Just Us. The focus of this discussion is centered on Black’s contentious relationship with the criminal justice system as a whole and how that impacts in the Black Community.
The 3 Questions
1. Does the Black Community have a legitimate beef with the criminal justice system as a whole (law enforcement, courts, etc.) or are the feelings of mistreatment exaggerated and or a figment of Our collective psyche?
2. Do you feel a heavy police presence in impoverished or predominantly Black Communities is necessary or a ploy against poor and Black people, why or why not?
3. How would you characterize your personal interactions with the justice system and what do you feel is the biggest problem with it?
Jaywalking….that’s the crime that got an unarmed black teenager killed by the police in Ferguson, Missouri. People can slice it however they want to justify what happened, but in its most basic form, a child was killed for not walking across the street within a crosswalk. The outrage over this and other similar situations has brought to the forefront the injustices faced by Black and poor communities since the end of slavery. The dirty and unwritten truths believed in these communities is the entire system wants to destroy, defile, and disrupt any progress our possibility of progress for Black people and people in these impoverished communities. But this line of thinking, even if justifiable, only leads to more questions and more confusion. Is there a conspiracy against Black people from law enforcement? Is there really a vested interest in seeing the poor population remain in dire situations? If not, why are police so quick to over police Black people and impoverished neighborhoods? This line of thought is the starting point to a new way of addressing an issue as old as America and question as tough to answer as any that We currently pose. With that being said, let’s discuss if the attitude of just Us is contributing to the destruction of the Black Community?
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Justice or Just Us Part 1
Justice or Just Us Part 2
Justice or Just Us Part 3