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Black Lives Matter Movement and Black on Black Crime

Updated on January 14, 2017


Some in America have been quick to denounce the Black Lives Matter Movement for not addressing Black on Black crime. The national media declares an upsurge in Black crime as the Ferguson effect. Which flows from decrease policing, a deliberate backlash to Black Lives Matter's criticism of national law enforcement’s approach to people of color.

Police claim that with community monitoring they are unable to serve and protect. For them, racial profiling, stop and frisk, unjustified murder is okay in constraint of the powerless. As long as law enforcement doesn't have to recognize the rights of powerless Americans, everything is okay.

Black Lives Matter Movement crafted by the powerless is their refusal to accept powerlessness. Their position is unequal justice and powerlessness is unsatisfactory from politicians, 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 influence the flames of Ferguson and Baltimore. Those actions initiated by opportunist, criminals, and some decent people, operating out of misguided frustrations. Disappointments with social justice in America, on occasions are played out in the streets. It's crucial to mention however, that riots aren't just black people acting out.

Quite the contrary, riots are part of American history. And before the 1960's, most were against black people. Two of the most notorious riots were Black Wall Street Massacre 1921, and Rosewood Massacre 1923. Black Wall Street Massacre, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, went on for 16 hours. Police arrested and detained 6,000 black citizens in Greenwood, a district of Tulsa. An estimated 10,000 blacks left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences destroyed by bombardment. The unconfirmed death total was over 300 black people. The death toll in Rosewood Levy County, Florida was less, however its destructive aim was comparable to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The black community of Rosewood never restored, and their land confiscated under fraudulent tax transactions.

It's striking to note that Black Wall Street and Rosewood were characterized as massacres rather than common riots. Perhaps, unlike Ferguson and Baltimore, where looting and destruction was to commercial properties, the massacres represent an explicit component. They revealed a deliberate intention to destroy successful black neighborhoods and erase their inhabitants.

Black lives Matter mission is to confront the unequal method of justice in America. Certainly, in the pursuit of their objective, 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, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcefully displaced and incarcerated in internment camps. The publicity for confinement originated more from bigotry and prejudice in white America than any military threat posed by Japanese Americans. America is a violent society and violence is a recognized political remedy.

Black Lives Matter didn't create black on black crime. However, Blacks remain victims of America's culture of violence embodied in black on black crime.

If black people desire to address black crime, they need to confront it head on. They need to enact the United States Constitution second amendment as a means of self-governing. People's militias should confront opportunist, criminals, and the misled, on what's tolerable in black America. And, rather than Homeland Security developing dossiers on Americans who advocate participatory democracy. They should offer logistic support to the Black community in combating organized crime. And provide security to community whistleblowers' of unlawful practices.

Robert Butts



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    • robertbutts profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      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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      Dana Ayres 

      3 years 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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