Where is the outrage in the black community for black-on-black crimes?

Walter Williams
Walter Williams

A recent editorial by George Mason University professor of economics Walter Williams.


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, the 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 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.

This is not even to mention abortion, which disproportionately affects blacks. Yet it is overwhelmingly supported by blacks who vote more than 90% Democrat. Maybe we should be more focused on black-on-black crime and black genocide, since these are bigger problems.

12 thoughts on “Where is the outrage in the black community for black-on-black crimes?”

  1. You’re right. The evidence is clear, Blacks are many times more likely to be killed by another Black than by a Police Officer. If you are concerned about saving Black lives, then you have to think that you should focus more energy on Black on Black crime. However, have you considered that there’s a greater injustice when a PO kills a Black person than when the Black person kills one? Isn’t it more outrageous when a parent abuses a child than when a sibling abuses a child? I think that’s the source of the disproportionate amount of anger.


      1. In general, my experience is that Blacks are victimized twice, first by there own people and then again by the cops who can’t seem to tell the difference between the good and the bad apples. That’s abuse.

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      1. I have not seen the evidence, but it apparently supports the cop’s version of events. As a lover of apologetics, I have no problem following the evidence where it leads :-)

        However, the implication of the line of reasoning concerning Black on Black crime versus Police brutality is that Blacks shouldn’t raise an eyebrow when it happens because it’s comparatively infrequent. I disagree with that. Given the history of racism and police brutality in this country, it’s easy to see why Blacks tend to be suspicious.

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        1. I totally agree with being suspicious of police. We should always be careful to hold our civil authorities and public servants accountable and not consider them right in whatever they do by default. However, there is a huge difference between being rightfully suspicious and thus demanding an investigation versus calling for a man’s demise before any evidence is brought forth and then going berserk when the evidence exonerates him because it didn’t fit what you wanted to believe. The latter is what happened in Ferguson.


          1. As much as I sympathize with their anger, I just can’t defend burning down your neighborhood. So I agree with that.

            Unfortunately the media didn’t help matters.


  2. Black on black crime is a problem and their are blacks who are trying to help to end this. However when it comes to police and african malea there is a long history within America with black males being viewed as threatening. As a black female i deal with a day to day basis of dealing with stereotypes not only from my own people but whites and other races as well.also all of my racist experiences have come from white people. I had white guys want to sleep with me sorely because i was black like some sort of fetish. I have been called the n-word and more.

    What some whites in this country fail to realize is the racism that still goes on today with not only blacks but hispanics,asians,native americans and more. The only way whites will truly understand how it feels to be a poc is if the tables wete completely flipped.


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