Some in our community have been quick to blame the Black Lives Matter Movement for a spike in Black on Black crime. The national media chooses to declare it the Ferguson effect, and a reduction of policing in African American communities as a deliberate backlash. This resulted from criticism of Ferguson Missouri police practices and the police officers indictments in Baltimore.

Police claim that they are unable to serve and protect if they’re monitored or criticized for job performance. For them, racial profiling, stop and frisk, unjustified murder is okay in constraint of the powerless. As long as police don’t have to respect the human rights of powerless Americans everything’s okay.

Black Lives Matter Movement crafted by the powerless, is their refusal to accept powerlessness. Unequal justice in America will not be accepted from politicians, state officials, law enforcement or the Department of Justice.

“When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for a variety of reasons, we can no longer breathe.” Frantz Fanon.

The Black Lives Matter Movement didn’t organize, or carry-out the burning of Ferguson or Baltimore. Those events were initiated by opportunist, criminals and some good people working out of misguided frustrations. Disappointments with social justice are occasionally acted out in the streets. It’s important to note however, that riots, part of American history, aren’t just black people acting out.

Quite the opposite, before the 1960’s, most riots were waged against black people by whites. Two of the most famous riots are the Black Wall Street Massacre 1921, and the Rosewood Massacre 1923. The Black Wall Street Massacre, which took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, lasted for 16 hours. Police arrested and detained more than 6,000 black residents in Greenwood, a section in Tulsa, Oklahoma. An estimated 10,000 blacks were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire. The death total was somewhere in the area of 300 black people. The death toll in Rosewood, Levy County, Florida, was much less, however, its destructive effort, was the same as that of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The black community of Rosewood was never rebuilt, and their land was confiscated under tax fraudulent sales.

It is interesting to note that Black Wall Street and Rosewood are depicted as massacres rather than common riots. Perhaps, unlike Ferguson and Baltimore, where commercial properties are looted and destroyed, the former riots display a different component. They displayed a conscious effort to destroy successful black communities, and eradicate their residents.

The Black lives Matter Movement mission is to deal with the unequal treatment of justice in America. Certainly in the pursuit of their goal, they must discuss black on black crime. But black on black crime shouldn’t be separated from American crime. America is a violent country which has a long history of violent crimes. Slavery was a very violent crime in American history. Thousands of black men, women and children were raped, maimed and slaughtered. At the same time, thousands of Native Americans were killed and forced off their land while hundreds of Chinese, many kidnapped from China were forced to build a railroad across America.

In 1942, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcefully moved and incarcerated into internment camps. The propaganda for incarceration was determined to have resulted more from racism and discrimination among white Americans than any military danger posed by the Japanese Americans. America is a violent country and violence is an accepted form of political recourse.

The Black Lives Matter Movement did not create black on black crime. They have been victims of America’s culture of violence manifested in black on black crime. Furthermore, Glenn Greenwald’s Intercept Blog reveals Homeland Security, FBI, and the New York City police department, plans to victimize them further.

If black people want to address black crime, they need to stop blaming others. They need to enact the second amendment of the United States Constitution, and develop people's militias. These militias should confront opportunist, criminals, and the misguided, on rebuilding black America. And, rather than Homeland Security developing files on Americans who support participatory democracy, they should support militias who take back their communities by offering logistic support in fighting organized crime while giving protection to whistler blowers of criminal behavior, and police corruption in the black community.

Robert Butts



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kndashy41 15 months ago from Houston, TX

Great article! I would also like to add that the Black on Black problem that exists in the Black community exists largely because of police/government corruption. During the COINTELPRO period (Black Power/Civil Rights), the FBI and the CIA actively dumped drugs in Black inner-city neighborhoods and infiltrated neighborhood militias (Black Panthers and other lesser known street gangs that helped and protected the neighborhoods) and deliberately turned them against each other starting violent feuds over turf, plus extortion, drug dealing and wholesale murder. These conditions didn't occur naturally...they were created by racism and oppression.

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robertbutts 15 months ago Author

thanks kndashy41 .I came out of that period in American history and you are on point. Please pass on my link, I'm trying to let the younger folks know the historical link to their struggle.

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