Home » Uncategorized » “white on white” crime

“white on white” crime

I’m rethinking my use of the term “black on black” crime.  For the last few weeks some have complained there is too much [disproportionate] attention on the Trayvon Martin murder and not enough on the day-to-day murder of blacks and browns; especially in Chicago.  Could it be that the media simply does not lend itself as heavily to so-called “black-on-black” crime?  Show me one poll that suggests citizens in these communities are NOT outraged!  The media and others use “black-on-black” to signal the relative “unimportance” of such murders.  Have you ever heard the term “white-on-white” crime?  If not, then “black-on-black” is perhaps inherently racist.  “Black-on-Black” and “gang related” are terms that operate often to minimize and routinize the senseless killings of minority youth.  The media refrain “black-on-black” sets these crimes apart from “real” murders and categorizes them in a fashion that often trivializes them and makes them less newsworthy as the Trayvon Martin murder.  True, blacks are more likely than whites to die from gun homicide [and whites more likely than blacks to die from gun suicide]; but this does not diminish the outrage over these “black-on-black” deaths, just the media and political context in which we discuss them.


1 Comment

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

The maximum upload file size: 250 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, text, archive, code, other. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop file here

css.php