I can’t count the times I’ve read or heard this statement, “Why aren’t they protesting Black-on-Black crime?”….As a stab at people peacefully protesting social injustice, police brutality and systematic racism.
Allow me to arm everyone with a rebuttal to this annoying question from people who apparently can’t ‘chew gum and walk at the same time’.
The problem of Black-on-Black crime is no different than the problem of White-on-White crime, or any other race…it’s a problem. So, to imply all other efforts should stop until that problem is solved is quite foolish, because that problem will not go away. To assume it’s not being addressed because it hasn’t gone away is simplistic and arrogant.
Think about this…
During World War ll Black men were drafted and volunteered to fight tyranny elsewhere in the world while they were treated not only as second-class citizens at home, but also in the military. Did anyone say, “What about oppression in America” the same way they say “What about Black-on-Black crime today? Did anyone say “We can’t fight oppression elsewhere while our government own citizens are being oppressed? No! I had two great-uncles who served in Europe in the spring of 1945 just months before the war ended. Why wasn’t the same amount of people, resources and passion being poured into the problem at home?
During the Vietnam War young Black men were drafted and many died fighting communism. This was in the hottest part of the Civil Rights movement in America. Did any one say “What about the denial of civil rights in America? Why isn’t the country putting the same amount of money, man-power and effort into equality at home?
Do you address problems in your family one at a time? Have you conquered every challenge in your family?
The fact is, many people respond “What about Black-on-Black crime” because the protests have annoyed them. Just as during the Civil Rights movement the ‘privileged’ were pissed off and annoyed at protesters disturbing their preface. They wanted them to sit down and shut up. It’s easy to see where people would have stood then, by where they stand today.
We must be careful when we have become annoyed at good.
Just as the phrases “Black Lives Matter” and “White Lives Matter” are not mutually exclusive, neither is protesting for social injustice and addressing Black-on-Black crime in other ways.
You don’t fight an internal problem the same way you address an external problem, even if some of the root causes of Black-on-Black crime are external.
The truth is that the Black community is always addressing Black-on-Black crime within families, churches, organizations with conversations and efforts that are either secret and high profile. Cultural issues are being addressed within the culture. So if someone asks, why is it still a problem? Well, the fact that America’s trade deficit is still a problem doesn’t mean it isn’t being addressed. The fact that America’s National dent is still a problem doesn’t mean it’s not being addressed.
The statement, “What about Black-on-Black crime” is arrogant and condescending. If you ever hear or read that statement, please share this post with them.
James 4:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.