The movement, Black Lives Matter, has been very prominent in the main stream media since its beginning with its protests concerning the alarming frequency of black murders by law enforcement. While the activism of these young people is definitely noble, admirable and proper, it falls far short of addressing the massive problem of black murder. Recent F.B.I. statistics reveal that black on black murder is higher than any other ethnic group in America. Moreover, these same shameful statistics have been constant for the past three decades. Yet there is no protest from, Black Lives Matter, concerning this grim report? It is a fact that the wholesale murder of unarmed black men and women by white police officers, whom are almost never prosecuted by sympathetic district attorneys, is just cause for indignation and outrage. However the wholesale murder of black men and women, among each other, occurring with pathetic regularity throughout this nation is also just cause for even more indignation and outrage.
It makes those young people in the streets, shouting, “Black lives matter!” look mighty insincere and totally hypocritical when the unchallenged element of other, mostly young misguided blacks, are terrorizing our neighborhoods with un-checked crime? Why, these are the very conditions that give law enforcement the racist justification that they want, for occupying our neighborhoods and brutally treating us all like criminal suspects. There is certainly something tragically wrong with black folks in America. Despite the fact that many prominent, so called blacks leaders continue to make excuses for our destructive behavior toward each other; nobody has been brave enough to honestly challenge us to stop the pathetically destructive madness. Of course, the late Dr. Frances Crest Welding; Dr. John Henreh Clark; and Dr. Amos Wilson gave their lives trying to teach us how to escape our centuries of destructive self-hating programming by this larger racists culture, but the great majority of us were never interested in listening to, or reading the works of these great scholars.
Moreover, many of us who did, only totally dismissed them outright or viciously attacked them out of cowardice and to desperately prove to our white friends, that we were in no way in agreement with these radical black people. I reject the excuse that poverty is the blame, because we’ve always been poor. Some claim that it’s because of a lack of jobs, the fact is, we’ve always been grossly unemployed. Still some say it’s because there are no black fathers present in the homes, many black men have always been absent from the home, but our children still weren’t murdering each other, in the streets, at this alarming rate? Still some say that our churches have failed us. Even though black Christians have the highest rate of regular church attendance in America and we even have hundreds of mega churches in large cities across the nation, yet we still continue to murder each other as never before? The saddest part of all of this is, we still haven’t realized the plain fact that when we’re honest enough to start valuing black lives, ourselves, then other people will.