The Black Lives Matter Movement and Black-on-Black Crime – The Washington Post
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“Black Lives Matter has done the nation a service by forcing Americans to reckon with a horrifying spate of police killings of unarmed African Americans. Without the movement, the names Eric Garner and Walter Scott wouldn’t resonate. Nor would Sandra Bland, who died in police custody and whose name was invoked during the most recent presidential debate. Despite this, Black Lives Matter has been severely taken to task, if not outright scorned, for its focus on police killings when, as its critics readily note, people in black neighborhoods are often at much more danger of being killed by other black people.
Why, they ask, hasn’t the Black Lives Matter movement been more concerned with — in wording sometimes fraught with condescension — “black-on-black crime?”
It’s a criticism typically associated with the political right, frequently thought (and frankly, frequently meant) to suggest that what black people need is to simply comport themselves differently, rather than endlessly complain about the depredations of (presumably) white police. However, even without such acrid, tribalistic intent, it’s possible to think BLM’s mission is currently incomplete.”
Article from the Washington Post about the Black Lives Matter movement and whether or not it should address the issue of ‘black-on-black’ violence.
- John McWhorter
- Black Lives Matter should also take on ‘black-on-black crime’
- The Washington Post
- October 22, 2015
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- Public Opinion on the Black Lives Matter Movement (Data) – Pew Research Center
- 965 People Killed By Police in 2015 (and Analysis of the Data) – Washington Post
- Confidence in Police by Race and Other Demographics – Gallup
- Public Views on Racial Equality Differ Greatly Among Blacks and Whites – Pew Research Center