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Bob Youngerman

Brevard, NC

Media Overlooks Black On Black Crime

July 18, 2016 | Vol. 130 – No. 57

There is no doubt that there is no excuse for police shootings of unarmed black men who pose no threat to the officers. However, what I am unable to understand is that the media focuses primarily on police/black confrontations which result in death, while it totally ignores black on black murders which occur every day in our country.

According to FBI statistics, 4,906 blacks were murdered by other blacks in 2010 and 2011. Criminology Professor James Alan Fox of Northeastern University reviewed FBI data between 2010 and 2013 and found that 92 percent of blacks were murdered by other blacks. The number of cases where police were involved in the deaths of black men was less than 125 in 2013. One can cite stats all day long, but the point that needs to be made is that black on black crime is a much bigger problem than police/black confrontations. The other point I would like to make about all of this is the emphasis the media places on these kinds of cases. The police are the villains and the perpetrators while cases involving blacks against other blacks go unreported in the press and on TV and radio news stories.

Where peaceful protests are needed by Black Lives Matter groups, it seems to me is against the carnage occurring every day in black neighborhoods across our country. And honest and straightforward reporting by the media certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Bob Youngerman