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Black-On-Black Crime Is A Myth

By Craig Davidson
Black-On-Black Crime is a Myth

"Black-On-Black Crime Is A Myth!" Citing "black on black crime" as a means to invalidate a people's cry that their lives matter is not only debased but it is inherently racist.

The term, "black-on-black", is a reckless and racially charged euro-centric description implying a special class of crime. It is unfairly used to underline crimes done by blacks against blacks for the sole purpose of sustaining a negative alternate-narrative of African-American culture. If that were not so, we'd be just as familiar with the non-existent term "white-on-white crime." Adding a racially descriptive term to crime creates an association of crime to that race. That association is then carried out into the world and unjustly meted out to all those who fall under that race.

"Black-On-Black crime" is a myth because it postulates that blacks are not only capable of committing crime (like normal people), they have the added depravity of inherent "inner-racial cannibalism!" This is an age old tactic of dehumanization deployed by colonial invaders throughout the "age of discovery." It gave them (in their minds) providence over indigenous people's minds, bodies, and souls to do as they saw fit with impunity. But we know better! Blacks are no more prone to killing each other than whites are to killing other whites—no race is inherently prone to destroying itself.

Instead of indicting the black population for crimes committed one to the other, try examining the conditions which we've been forced to endure, socially, economically, and judiciary, throughout the centuries. Then ask yourself, "What part has euro-centric racism played in creating and maintaining these destructive conditions?" Although crimes perpetrated by blacks against other blacks do occur, the root of that barbarism stems from a white oppressive/dominate class that continuously plant seeds of low self-worth, low self-esteem, hopelessness, and despair for their own financial gain and superficial validation. This type of sinister social- engineering creates repressed anger within the oppressed body and, eventually, reveals itself in a most detrimental way...self-destruction. It is these conditions that are directly responsible for the loss of hope endemic of the black community---and we know...lose hope, lose all restraint.

African-Americans are the only Americans who are neither immigrants nor indigenous. We did not come here of our own free will full of hope and liberty to pursue happiness. Our very legacy in this nation began in chains, torture, and ethnocide—of which every African-American, to this day, suffers direct consequences.

Even after gaining freedom, we were set upon by violent men for the simple offense of existing. Through those years, under great duress, we've invented, wrote amazing stories, solved scientific mysteries, created new foods, built strong battalions of fighting men, flew daring missions over foreign lands, entertained the world with wonderful songs and dramatic depictions of life, and even held this very country (U.S.A.) accountable to its own constitution. In essence, we have enriched a nation with unique and exceptional gifts.

"Black-On-Black crime" is a myth! At the very least it is a crime due to external oppression, of which we find the source of black internalized oppression. Internalized oppression occurs when an oppressed group believes in the messages of the dominate culture. Thus, harming themselves, they become exactly what the oppressor wants and needs them to be—subservient!

The inertia of American racism has veered a noble people onto a path of desperation and carnage. It will take an America, greater than what we've seen in the past, to act upon that destructive path if we hope to ever reconcile and heal a people that have been greatly offended.

Craig Davidson is a Los Angeles based screenwriter, who has written such films as, “Truth Be Told” (Short), “RELEASE” (Short), “Hang N’ There” (NAACP Stage Play, Short), “Fledge” (Short), and “Fletcher ST” (Feature) to name a few.

“Truth Be Told”, was fully funded and produced by Los Angeles based networking group Men Of Color In The Industry (M.O.C.I.T.I.). “Release” garnered runner-up at the 2011 12th Annual Golden Eagle Film Festival for “Best Script.”  He’s also written “Hang N’ There”, a one-act stage play performed at the 4th Annual Hollywood/Beverly Hills NAACP Theatre Festival, which was also produced as a short-film. “Refugees” is a fully produced faith-based pilot presentation created and written by Craig which journeys through the lives of five christian friends who, finding refuge in each other, discover the true meaning of faith and fellowship while navigating the many pitfalls and temptations that come with living in metropolitan Los Angeles.

A former Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, Craig was born and raised in Long Beach, Ca. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Television/Film from California State University Los Angeles in 2010. He currently serves as a Juvenile Corrections Officer for Los Angeles County Probation Department.

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