If you’ve been on social media and got black friends then you probably have seen a meme that says “Black people never killed a Black person for being Black.” At first that made sense to me, but after seeing consistent inner-city murders since the death of George Floyd went viral, I’m starting to believe that that the meaning behind the meme doesn’t even matter.
This past Sunday my wife’s cousin got shot and killed. Rumor is that her cousin said something about the killer’s shoes. If the story is true then what difference does it make killing someone over a comment about their shoes or killing someone just because they’re Black? The former is just as bad as the latter.
If Black people are killing each other over comments then it isn’t any worse than killing them just because they’re Black.
On the other hand, cops are not out here killing Black people just because they’re Black. Its not like cops are roaming the streets hunting down Black people like it’s duck season. First and foremost, most Black people who were killed by cops came into contact with the police by committing a crime or violating a lawful order.
Now I’m not justifying the deaths of anybody. I’m merely making a statement that even cops are not just out here looking for Black people to kill. 9/10 there was a reason for the Black person to have contact with the police.
Anytime I came into contact with the police it was because I was speeding. I’m not speaking for the whole Black community just off my experiences. Neither am I saying that all encounters Black people had with the police were because of crimes or law violations. I know many Black people in inner cities have been minding their own business and stopped and frisked by the police just because they’re Black and “fit” a Black description of someone who committed a crime.
But, most of the deaths that Black Lives Matter have protested was a result of the person committing some sort of crime or law violation to begin with. Michael Brown committed robbery and then wrestled for the officer’s weapon, Eric Garner sold untaxed cigarettes, Rayshard Brooks drove drunk and resisted arrest. I’m not justifying the deaths, what I am saying is that cops didn’t simply kill these Black people because they were Black.
Most people argue against Black on Black crime by saying that any group of people in a close proximity are going to commit crime against each other. That’s understandable. If someone is going to rob they’re most likely going to rob someone in their neighborhood who they have seen often and know what goods they have.
Like most high school students get into fights with students from their high school. Its not likely for high school students to have confrontations with teens who don’t live in their neighborhood or go to their high school.
So its understandable for Black people to have more confrontations with each other than with white people, but this does not excuse us for killing each other. We’re not talking about a high rate of fights, or robberies. We’re talking about a high rate of murder. Black people are not just having confrontations. Black people are killing each other for such senseless reasons that it makes no difference that we’re not killing each other because we’re Black.