4) You Downplay the Effects of Black-on-Black Violence
More blacks die at the hands of other blacks than at the hands of white police officers and neighborhood watchmen. While we should fight to end white-on-black violence, we should be just as outraged at black-on-black violence. Is the loss of a child’s life more tragic because a white cop killed him? If the lives of our children are precious to us, we should be outraged at anyone who takes their lives away, regardless of the race of the perpetrator. As Tom Burrell puts it, we’ve been more concerned with the way whites treat us than with the way we treat ourselves. Do we expect more civility from whites? Is it more outrageous for a white man to kill our child because we expect blacks to do all the killing? I know we’re tired of having whites terrorize us with impunity, especially with the history of lynching, bombing, burning, and murdering in this country. But we should not condone the violence perpetrated by blacks that are presently terrorizing our communities.