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.

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

  1. we are pissed at ‘black on black crime’ – why is it that everytime my people get shot by police, you guys always try to find some reason to justify their murder or state ‘black on black crime’? when white people kill each other do ya’ll call it white on white crime- no you don’t and how can we as blacks that make up only 13% of the population commit most of the crimes? that just does not sound right to me at all and lastly where is this facts and stuff when white people shoot up schools and churches?

    1. I was gonna say…there’s plenty of outrage to go around over black on black crime; it’s something that people are actively working to combat. The outrage over police officers killing people stems from the fact that it’s being done by authority figures who are sworn to protect citizens.

  2. Hey sapphire. I am if my reflection is any indication, one of “your people”. And I’m not buying for one second that even 10% of our fellow black Americans are as upset about the numbers of blacks murdered by other blacks as they are about the- statistically insignificant by comparison- few blacks shot by police officers.

    Black lives only seem to matter when the life was taken by someone other than another black person. The black community has so much trash and debris around its own front door to sweep up, yet “we” march around and “protest” against law enforcement while turning a blind eye to the very things happening in their communities that result in an increase of contact between blacks and police in the first place. Chicago has largely abandoned community policing, and you see what the community did with that? Let me help you out:


    A black man writes that blog by the way, in case you couldn’t figure it out from the title and tag line.

  3. I hAve many concerns with this reply. I have been outspoken for many years on black on black violence as a black man who works in the prison system. I am outraged with our treatment of each other. But the country is not absolved of responsibility with decades of continued racism. In addition, as an adoptive parent almost half a dozen, what are you doing to help the brave mother’s who have their children. Most people just like to complain, point, and blame. What do mostdo to forward the kingdom of God and put Jesus on display? Nothing.

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