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Should Black People Tolerate This?


Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation's population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it's 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation's homicide victims, blacks are most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.

The magnitude of this tragic mayhem can be viewed in another light. According to a Tuskegee Institute study, between the years 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites. Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all wars since 1980 (8,197) come to 18,515, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home. It's a tragic commentary to be able to say that young black males have a greater chance of reaching maturity on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan than on the streets of Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Newark and other cities.

A much larger issue is how might we interpret the deafening silence about the day-to-day murder in black communities compared with the national uproar over the killing of Trayvon Martin. Such a response by politicians, civil rights organizations and the mainstream news media could easily be interpreted as "blacks killing other blacks is of little concern, but it's unacceptable for a white to kill a black person."

There are a few civil rights leaders with a different vision. When President Barack Obama commented about the Trayvon Martin case, T. Willard Fair, president of the Urban League of Greater Miami, told The Daily Caller that "the outrage should be about us killing each other, about black-on-black crime." He asked rhetorically, "Wouldn't you think to have 41 people shot (in Chicago) between Friday morning and Monday morning would be much more newsworthy and deserve much more outrage?" Former NAACP leader Pastor C.L.

Bryant said the rallies organized by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson suggest there is an epidemic of "white men killing black young men," adding: "The epidemic is truly black-on-black crime. The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men."

Not only is there silence about black-on-black crime; there's silence and concealment about black racist attacks on whites — for example, the recent attacks on two Virginian-Pilot newspaper reporters set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks. The story wasn't even covered by their own newspaper. In March, a black mob assaulted, knocked unconscious, disrobed and robbed a white tourist in downtown Baltimore. Black mobs have roamed the streets of Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles and other cities, making unprovoked attacks on whites and running off with their belongings.

Racist attacks have been against not only whites but also Asians. Such attacks include the San Francisco beating death of an 83-year-old Chinese man, the pushing of a 57-year-old woman off a train platform and the knocking of a 59-year-old Chinese man to the ground, which killed him. For years, Asian school students in New York and Philadelphia have been beaten up by their black classmates and called racist epithets — for example, "Hey, Chinese!" and "Yo, dragon ball!" But that kind of bullying, unlike the bullying of homosexuals, goes unreported and unpunished.

Racial demagoguery from the president on down is not in our nation's best interests, plus it's dangerous. As my colleague Thomas Sowell recently put it, "if there is anything worse than a one-sided race war, it is a two-sided race war, especially when one of the races outnumbers the other several times over."

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



8 Comments | Post Comment
Bravo sir. The black community needs your voice heard, not Sharpton, musicians and professional athletes. Rational individuals like yourself are who will bridge the gap. I was hit on the back of the head and mugged by two black guys. How many black people can say a white guy did the same to them? The crime and "acceptable racism" must end.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Fuzzy Jenkins
Mon May 21, 2012 10:57 AM
"blacks killing other blacks is of little concern, but it's unacceptable for a white to kill a black person."

You hit the nail on the head with this statement.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Liam Astlel
Tue May 22, 2012 8:56 AM
blacks killing is same like white killing
Comment: #3
Posted by: Curatare tapiterie
Tue May 22, 2012 1:33 PM
Not only do blacks tolerate this they have made it so much a part of their culture that if a non-black person kills a black person they find it offensive.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Liam Astlel
Wed May 23, 2012 2:46 PM
Great column!
Comment: #5
Posted by: Joy Schwabach
Fri May 25, 2012 1:34 PM
I for one do not want my children murdered by anyone in any ethnic group. Even though the recidivism rate for murder/manslaughter is low it seems ondurd to me that violent offenders can be released several times. I argue for repeat felony offenders to have a life in prison sentence with out parole. This does not have to include extra prisons being built. If we repeal drug laws or at least decriminalize them there would be more than enough room for these type of criminals. In addtion it should be madatory to complete high school before any release from prison.
Comment: #6
Posted by: SCOTT
Mon May 28, 2012 6:48 AM
Black on black crime has always been a concern of the black community the problem is I don't see the news or concerns by others outside of the black community voicing concerncs about this problem. The only time I see anyone outside of the black community mention this is when another race kills an african-american. This somehow justifies their "race baiter" stance. How many stop the violence events have anyone one that has commented been too? How many have you actually seen on TV? Does that mean these events are not happening? Of course it doesn't but the same media you claim are race baiters is the same media you tend to believe that the Black Community doesnt care about black on black crime!!!

And as far as these numbers on blacks been killed during jim crow and the civil rights movement. You guys actually believe that in a span of over 80 years that only 3500 Black Americans were killed????? Are you serious? And why is it believable because A black University conducted the study? The same university that Conducted the Tuskeegee Experiment(Google it if you are unaware). And the cut off is 1882 so anything before that doesnt count??? LOL

Wake up people or atleast be honest that you just dont care.Thats what you claim we are doing!
Comment: #7
Posted by: Kubiac
Wed May 30, 2012 5:23 PM
Comment: #8
Posted by: Richard Avery
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:09 AM
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