The misplaced angst of white on black murder

NAACP president Benjamin Jealous said that the verdict in the George Zimmerman case is a sign that African-Americans face “times of great peril.” However, if there is a peril, Mr. Jealous should look to his own community for the cause. Most of the time when a murder victim is black, the perpetrator is not a “creepy ass cracker.”

Mr. Jealous wants people to believe that the isolated incident in Sanford, Florida proves there is an epidemic of white (or white-Hispanic) -on-black violence. He said blacks “feel it every time we see one of our young sons … walk out the door and pull his hoodie up.” But black parents should not primarily be worried about white people gunning down their kids. According to the most recent (2011) FBI statistics, of the 2,695 murders in which the victim was black, 91% were committed by people of the same race. Whites and white-Hispanics were the perpetrator in only 193 (7%) cases. Odds are if the victim was wearing a hoodie, the perp was too.

The same pattern of intra-racial violence holds for whites. Eighty-three percent of white murders in 2011 were within-race killings, and only 14% were black on white. These data tell us that murder in America is decidedly not a matter of racial hatred.
The numbers just do not support the paranoia exhibited  as a result of the Zimmerman case.  In fact the percentage of black on white murders is twice that of white on black murders.  What we are seeing is a form of black racism that should be condemned.


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