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Tue Oct 3, 2017, 10:52 PM

Why We Never Talk About Black-on-Black Crime: An Answer to White Americas Most Pressing Question

Michael Harriot
Today 10:00am

You’ve heard it before. It is the most frequent response to any accusation of police brutality. It is the repeated sleight of hand used to distract and drown out the voices of Black Lives Matter. It is an oft-used “alt-right” refrain and a sincere query from curious white questioners. It is the weapon of choice for the black practitioners of respectability politics and the favorite follow-up for people who frame their arguments with the preamble, “Not all white people ... ”

Why don’t black people ever talk about black-on-black crime?

Instead of rejecting the entire notion as a method of deflection and privilege, we will attempt to formally dismiss the conversation forever by laying out the facts about why white America never hears us talk about black-on-black crime.

It’s not a thing.

https://www.theroot.com/why-we-never-talk-about-black-on-black-crime-an-answer-1819092337

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MrScorpio Oct 2017 OP
jaysunb Oct 2017 #1
TexasProgresive Oct 2017 #2
philly_bob Oct 2017 #3
JustAnotherGen Oct 2017 #4
MrScorpio Oct 2017 #5
philly_bob Oct 2017 #6

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Oct 4, 2017, 06:33 AM

2. K & R

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Oct 4, 2017, 11:50 AM

3. Surprised at this assertion in the article:

It is a fact (at least for 2016 and 2015) that a black man was less likely to commit a violent crime of any kind than a police officer was to kill an unarmed person.


No source given.

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Response to philly_bob (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 5, 2017, 04:52 AM

4. It's a link to the FBI

Go to the article, right before (it is a fact) is a phrase in green font and it will take you directly to an FBI chart, their web site with their stats.

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Response to philly_bob (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 5, 2017, 12:17 PM

5. Click the link for the source...

It's in the text.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 6, 2017, 04:14 PM

6. Checked the linked document. Couldn't find fact cited.

It's a November 2014 report from the DOJ's Department of Justice Statistics, entitled "Household Poverty And Nonfatal Violent Victimization, 2008–2012."

The article cites that report when it says "It is a fact (at least for 2016 and 2015) that a black man was less likely to commit a violent crime of any kind than a police officer was to kill an unarmed person."

I was not able to find a reference to that statistic, either in the report's highlights, the press release, or a quick reading of the text. Also, there seems to be a problem with dates. The OP makes the assertion for 2016 and 2015, but the report covers 2008-2012.

Confused.

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