Mar 15, 2013

After learning about protests surrounding the death of 16 year old Brooklyn teen, Kimani Gray, at the hands of law enforcement, I decided to read up on the situation as much as possible.  My source of reference is of course the internet like it is for most people. 

When you go to these different websites you can't help but to check out the 'Comment Section'.  And let's just say the Comment Section as it relates to this story did not fail to disappoint.  Of course because it was a black teen that was killed by the police the comments for the most part split across racial lines.  White commenters like to bring up statistics about how all the gun related crimes happen in 'Black Neighborhoods'; whereas, Black commenters state how unfair Blacks have it when it comes to the treatment they receive from the cops specifically citing things such as New York's 'Stop and Frisk' policies.

But there was an interesting theme that seem to permeate most of the 'Comment Sections' that I came across on the 'Major News' sites.  That theme dealt with why there never seemed to be any demonstrations or protests when a black person killed another black person, but when it was a police related killing or a white person killing a black person there appeared to be protests every where.  Some even brought up the Trayvon Martin case as a point of reference.  Nevermind, they never mentioned the fact that people were definitely upset by the senselesss death of Martin, but it was the lack of justice in the case that people were really upset about that led to all the protests and demonstrations.

But that brings me back to my Question of the Day.  Is there a perception that Black Life only matters when it is taken at the hands of a White person or a Police Officer?  Have we become so desensitive to Black-on-Black crime that we don't even flinch anymore when we hear about how over 300 kids were killed in Chicago in the span of one year?

Please Speak On It.  I would love to hear what you have to say.


  1. For those who have lost loved ones at the hands of another, they do not care about the race of the perpetrator. In the case of white-on-black crime, the likelihood of a MISCARRIAGE of justice is much higher. This has happened time and time again and undeniably so. As a result, we are more vigilant. We have to fight for our victims and show that they matter because the criminal justice system continually shows us that our victims do not matter. If we don't fight for justice, who will?

  2. I wonder if white police officers have just become an easier target and an inexcusable vigilante unlike our own brothers and sister. When our so-called black leaders shy away from comments about individual responsibility and lack of family values being taught and instead focus on black supression and dissinfranchisment, i wonder if some blacks, after being given a million reason outside us for this violence, begin to give the black criminal a pass believing that the only reason he's violent in the 1st place is because of injustices he has had to face in a white U.S.A. This causing blacks to have an outcry against whites (sometimes unjustified) and not against their own.

  3. Great question Savvy Sista,
    The follow up question is: Are there any Black people brave enough to tell young or old the truth?
    The truth is that the only time we are outraged at the murder of Black people is when its committed by a White person. Another truth is that Black youth are now as selfish and spoiled as youth's born with silver spoons in their mouths...spoiled in the sense they feel they owe no debt of loyalty to their ancestors to carry themselves with dignity and continue the former Slave tradition of ensuring the next generation has it better than the previous did...spoiled to degree they are Black in skin only; proven by their embracing of ignorance, their loyalty to names, colors and material possessions as well as their insatiable thirst to kill one another at a rate of warfare.

    Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't afraid to tell the truth. Not long before he was assassinated spoke these words to Black youth:
    "I come here tonight and plead with you, believe in yourself and believe that you’re somebody.
    As I said to a group last night, nobody else can do this for us. No document can do this for us. No Lincolnian emancipation proclamation can do this for us. No Kennedisonian or Johnsonian civil rights bill can do this for us. If the negro is to be free, he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign with a pen and ink of self assertive manhood his own emancipation proclamation.
    Don’t let anybody take your manhood. Be proud of our heritage.
    As somebody said earlier tonight, we don’t have anything to be ashamed of. Somebody told a lie one day. They couched it in language. They made everything black ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms of the word black. It’s always something degrading, low and sinister. Look at the word white. It’s always something pure, high, clean.
    Well I want to get the language right tonight. I want to get the language so right that everybody here will cry out, “YES! I’M BLACK. I’M PROUD OF IT. I’M BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL!”

    I've created a couple of docudrama's set to music on my youtube channel; I'm not afraid to tell the truth. Savvy Sista you were kind enough to share one of these previously and I thank you.

    Bruce Davis