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Don’t Forget Who Is Most Violent

Just a week ago the media was abuzz with the story about the Hutaree members headquartered in Michigan and how they planned to wreak havoc on the government by assassinating a police officer and then following up with a murderous campaign against the all of the police officers who would come to pay respects at the fallen officer’s funeral. The government decided to pull the plug on the Hutaree operation and nine people were arrested in three states. All the members were white. The militia culture is a phenomenon exclusive to the white community. If there was a group of black or Hispanic or some other minority brandishing weapons and planning violence we’d simply call them gangs.

That was last week. Last night I was watching the national news where one of the top stories was the huge spike in the homicide violence in certain urban areas in America. As the news report rolled, the video was replete with a variety of images of young black men being processed through the justice system. There were images of urban black neighborhoods. There was a sound bite from one of the Chicago police chiefs talking about the explosion of violence ravaging our inner city communities. Along with Chicago, St. Louis, Missouri was named as a city where violence is up about sixteen percent so far this year compared to last year. There was a third urban city that I cannot remember now. But minus these three urban area exceptions, the news article went on to say that the homicide violence throughout the country actually dropped over the past year’s time.

This news story was aired late Sunday night on the local CBS affiliate KMOV-TV. The misses and I were watching the news trying to catch up on what’s happening in the world after a long busy weekend. Earlier in the day we participated in a survey where a woman came to the house to interview us about our medical history. We’ve been participating in a study that, out of the blue, picked us to voluntarily reveal our personal experiences with getting medical coverage and medical services for our family. We’ve been doing this every four months for the past three years. We’ve enjoyed participating in the study and feel like we’ve made a difference in the healthcare debate. Yesterday was our last interview.

The woman who interviewed us was older and white and lived out in the suburbs. We chatted a bit on the front porch. With all the personal information she had for us I guess she didn’t mind sharing the fact that she used to live in the city, not too far from our house. She asked if we liked living in the city. I told her it has its good and bad aspects like everything else. She said she missed living in the city. But she also said that she had lots of friends who lived in the suburbs who wouldn’t visit her because they were so afraid of the crime. I said there’s crime everywhere and she agreed. As long as you use a little common sense you can survive anywhere. I told her that a few years back we were the only black people living in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and we survived that. Relatively speaking the north side of St. Louis was a walk in the park. She laughed.

But she quickly sobered up a bit and talked about the tabloid news approach to what happens in the city. There is such a focus on broadcasting every little negative thing that happens on the black side of racially polarized St. Louis that one would think that black people do nothing more than run around shooting each other and stealing and wrecking cars. Yes it happens an awful lot on the north side. But the only thing we do to combat the problems is hire more police to arrest people and build bigger jails to hold the arrested. When do we stop simply responding to crime and actually take the steps to proactively stop the crime? Our conversation went on for a few more minutes. I really enjoyed talking with her and wished her the best in her future endeavors. She did the same and we said our goodbyes forever.

And then last night we saw that news article. What precipitated the local news telling us that there is more crime in the black neighborhoods of three major cities? Could it be some kind of reminder that black people are still much more violent after the focus on the arrest and conviction of the Hutaree members? This morning I combed through the website of the local news station. I couldn’t find any mention of the story. I expanded the search parameters to reveal anything associated with crime for the past week, thinking the story may have been a rehash of something broadcast earlier in the week. You know they do that kind of stuff to help fill in the weekend broadcast. But I found nothing.

I expanded the search to the previous month. I must’ve looked through two hundred articles about some crime that happened on the local level as well as nationally. I still didn’t find any reference to last night’s report. It was as if it was a dream. And if not a dream then it was some sordid reminder to help put things back in perspective for somebody. Despite what might be happening in the rest of the country, despite the fact that we just saw the arrest of the Hutaree militia, despite the fact that today is the fifteen year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, despite the fact that this day is the anniversary of the siege on Waco starring David Koresh, let us not forget that black people are the most criminally oriented people, at least in three cities.

Sunday, April 18, 2010 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Life, Racism, Thoughts

1 Comment »

  1. Hey Brother. I’m a long time reader, first time responder.

    I think this is all part of the white supremacist mindset that is designed to maintain not only the power and privilege of white people, but also the image of white superiority. I don’t believe that the constant focus on crime in black neighborhoods is an accident. I think the people know what they’re doing. It’s not only about ratings, but it’s also about presenting an image of white superiority.

    Comment by Will | Thursday, July 8, 2010 | Reply

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