A free service that instantly translates the microagressive, incomprehensible shit that people with privilege say into an English that everybody can understand.
LITERALLY how can this petition possibly still be struggling to break 70k signatures?? are you against more measures to keep cops from killing black people in the streets? in their own homes? please signal boost this petition to all your social media sites.
you can sign from any country in the world btw it’s not USA exclusive. get on this please.
1 million people is A LOT of people. They HAVE to listen to us. If it’s the least you can do, do it.
One of my friends from undergrad is black and she has been sharing things on facebook about what’s going on in Ferguson with comments like, “can’t expect them (the police) to value our lives when we kill each other. We can’t blame the government and the white man forever.”
Hasn’t there been stuff written on how violence within black communities or between communities of color is instigated by those in power as a means of distraction? That’s terribly worded I know, but I can’t figure out what I’m trying. I’m thinking in terms of Marxist theory. If I was home right now I could look it up.
Simone, I need your help. Do you know what I’m talking about? wretchedoftheearth
Sorry for the late reply, I haven’t been on a computer long enough to write anything meaningful over the past couple of days.
When it comes to violence, people ignore institutional and structural violence as they are less visible - and focus solely on the interpersonal. As Bourdieu said, “you cannot cheat with the law of conservation of violence" - structural violence results in other forms of violence.
I would say it has less to do with the role of violence itself but Blackness as criminality. When someone brings up any sort of “Black-on-Black crime” statement, I start there before I say anything else.
1. Be it intimate partner violence, family violence, or a dispute between friends/acquaintances, the victim and offender usually know each other. The assumption that “Black-on-Black” crime should be lower only makes sense if you think that violent hate crimes are more common than they are.
2. The United States is very segregated along racial lines. Your friends, neighbors, partners, and coworkers are likely of the same race. Black Americans in particular are very racially isolated. Racial isolation (a result of hypersegregation results in a lot of bad outcomes):
Racial isolation is totally the fault of the government, of white America, of racist policies, and of social inertia.
3. Due to racial segregation, it makes sense that not only is most “Black crime” intraracial, but most “white crime” is as well. 84% of white homicide victims were killed by other white people, while 93% of Black homicide victims were killed by other Black people [BJS].
4. People likely say “Black-on-Black crime” because crime has a Black face. While Black people do commit crime disproportionately (and are also victims of crime disproportionately) most criminal acts are still committed by white people.
5. Criminology is peculiar in that it is a very white field. It is not only lay people who like to spread the lie that crime is a Black thing or that Blackness is criminal - practitioners within criminology have also made this suggestion. Fewer than 50 Black people had received PhDs in criminal justice or criminology by 1995; Katheryn K. Russell has an excellent explanation of this and other aspects of crime and race in her book The Color of Crime.
6. James Q. Wilson - best known for his broken windows theory that inspired policies such as stop and frisk - also theorized that white racism is a result of Black criminality.
This is false, as the United States is built upon a foundation of white racism. White racism precedes Black freedom so it certainly is not caused by Black criminality.
This is the crux of the “Black-on-Black” crime argument: that white people need not value the humanity or rights of Black people because Black people show disregard for Black life, in turn both proving the utter lack of worth of Black lives and their inherent inferiority, criminality, and savagery.
Criminologists, other academics, policymakers, and laypeople have attempted to promote the idea of Blackness as criminality and “The Negro Problem” since the end of Reconstruction. It’s not new, it’s the same argument and is built on the same racist assumptions (Khalil Gibran Muhammad discusses this in his Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America).
the funniest thing to me about the anti-political correctness brigade is that it is so clear that their crusade has nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with defending the status quo and their ability to say harmful shit without consequences.
make a mean comment about whites or men around them and watch how they turn around and say there’s a war on whites or boys/men
there’s no war it’s just that my being white has led to a huge amount of apathy and the struggles I might see around me every day have little to no effect on me
I’m fully willing to admit there’s a problem but since I benefit from it I don’t give a shit
I am proving everyone’s point.