Oxy Mora: Personas Eat Policy Wonks for Breakfast
The reign of Black-On-Black crime is over, but first an update:
It seems that George Zimmerman's lawyers have quit because they cannot contact their client. Simultaneously, Zimmerman has set up a website requesting contributions for his legal defense. Zimmerman defied his lawyer's advice and personally called the Special Attorney. The ex-lawyers believed that Zimmerman spoke to Sean Hannity of Fox News. Hannity confirmed the conversation with Zimmerman on his radio show. Hannity, at least, for now, refuses to state what he was told by Zimmerman. Reuters is reporting that the State's Attorney is holding a press conference within 72 hours.
Wonder who gets the money from the website? Wonder if the money will used to support a lifestyle in exile?
Now to the discussion at hand
Zimmerman's defenders have used the diversion of black-on-black crime in an attempt to stem criticism of the admitted murderer. The question goes up how can blacks focus on Zimmerman when Trayvon Martins are killed across the county everyday by blacks. Black on Black crime negates any murder of a black youth by anyone from another ethnic group.
The bogeyman of black on black crime as been used as a meme for so long that it has become as accepted a gravity. In an excellent article on "The Root" website, Edward Wyckoff Williams, lays the lie to the meme black as predators against other blacks.
Bill O'Reilley used an op-ed written in the NYT by Shelby Steele, an African-American Conservative as reinforcement of the fact the black on black crime is where the focus should be rather than on Trayvon Martin. Tucker Carlson said that Blacks who questioned why an arrest had not been made were "race-baiters". George Will echoed the same sentiment on ABC's "This Week". Van Jones was on the panel, but offered no rebuttal. Like the rest of us the ability of Jones to counter an accepted truth like black-on-black crime is difficult.
According to the DOJ, 93% of Black homicides were committed by Blacks. 84% of White homicides were committed by Whites. Most homicides are intra-racial homicides. We should call Black-on-Black homicide a homicide, just as we do will Whites. The Guardian in the UK has established a rule that Black-on-Black homicides are called "homicides". The rationale being that the racial labeling demonizes Blacks despite the fact that Whites also kill Whites at high percentages. Homicides are homicides. Males kill other males for the most part. Instead of focusing on race, focus on educational deficits and socioeconomic issues. The race label does more harm then good.
Black-on-Black allows blacks to be considered as threats. Rather than focusing on the loss of manufacturing jobs as a source of poverty leading to crime, we just focus on black-on-black. Instead of focusing on high drop-out rates.we focus on black on black.
Black-on-black makes law-abiding blacks threats to police departments and allows them to be treated as second class citizens by law enforcement. It is time to bury the term.
(Edited to add a link to the Williams article at "The Root")