One of the narratives that have been bandied about whenever black people talk about the unlawful police killing of black people, is the talk of [black on black crime].
I have said this before, people kill who they see, who they are around. In a video response to a social media post by Candace Owens in which she attempted to reduce the killing of Ahmaud Arbery to something that is not a [lynching], I addressed that issue. She sought to render the young man’s killing something other than a man just jogging but a man who through his own actions was arguably responsible for his own brutal murder.
Without re-litigating the nonsense, I will speak to the question of why it is incorrect to make a comment about black-on-black crimes, without first understanding or including the fundamentals of the institutionalized roadblocks that have been mounted in the way of African-Americans, resulting in the societal maladies that may be evident in their communities today. After slavery was eventually abolished on paper, states and commonwealths embarked on a systemic attack against the recently freed men & women who had just gotten their so-called “freedom”.
I should hurry to point out that across the entire spectrum where Black-African people were kidnapped from their homes and subjected to unimaginable treatment including enslavement, no effort has been made to make them free much less to compensate them or their offsprings for the dehumanizing treatment they suffered.
There is a difference between setting someone from & making them free.
I can set a person free in the middle of the Sahara desert with no water, food, directions, or transportation and then claim that I set him free.
Without providing the tools mentioned, I merely set the person free, I did not make him free.
Without those tools, the person has almost no chance of survival.
That has been the black experience in the western world.
There were no forty acres and a mule the proverbial promise made by the American government to blacks which it immediately reneged on.
Slave owners have been compensated, all across the western world in which the dastardly act of slavery was practiced. Yet, the people that suffered the most, “the enslaved people themselves,” have been denied any attempt at a just semblance of compensation, for what has been done to them.
No amount of money could begin to compensate for the genocide and enslavement that was visited on black Africans, yet rather than making an attempt to air out what occurred and beginning a process of restitution and reconciliation, western nations, including the United States, has steadfastly refused to address the issue.
Killing a child’s parents then laughing at the child and berating him for being an orphan requires some kind of bold-faced audacity. Yet is what those who would gaslight and weaponize black violence seeks to accomplish.
Even given the privilege of white skin, removing certain basic amenities from people, leads to devastating negative consequences for them.
The so-called opioid crisis is one example of that.….Six states — Montana, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Oklahoma — actually experienced decreases in opioid death rates between 2007 and 2017. By contrast, The Rust Belt suffered the largest increases in opioid overdose death rates over the same time frame. Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Ohio all experienced increases in excess of 300 percent. According to the (Sentinel.com).
The reality is that in overwhelming numbers, these deaths are white people in areas where factories have closed and people have found themselves without good-paying jobs, or no jobs at all.
The sad irony is that when African-Americans suffered the strain of poverty, high unemployment, police tyranny, substandard schools, poor living conditions, dirty drinking water, dirty air to breathe, poor healthcare, and all of the other structural constructs codified into law by their own government, and they ended up using crack cocaine that was planted in the communities, they were characterized as criminals, animals, unworthy of attention.
Instead of dealing with it as a social issue, the American government doubled down by activating its so-called war on drugs.
The war on drugs ended up adding insult to the injury of the indignity that 500 years of oppression had wrought. It was no war on drugs, it was a war on black people designed to pack the for-profit prisons with black bodies.
With the fraudulent war raging on black and brown people, jail cells were filled, some with guilty some with the innocent swept up by the ignoble system.
States then went ahead and passed laws making it impossible for a felon to vote, making it impossible for a felon to lawfully own a gun.
So they took away one of the most fundamental rights the black population had, the right to chose who represents them politically, & then they went further eliminating their second amendment right to bear arms as well.
All this while whites in suburbia bought up all of the guns they needed, and binged on all the cocaine their little hearts desired.
Black Americans, users and pushers were sadistically locked away and the keys discarded as a result of their new three-strikes laws, there was no empath or sympathy for neither addicts nor their suppliers. Entire communities were decimated. When they could not find enough crack addicts to fill the jails in their war on drugs they turned to pot sellers and smokers.
The overwhelming black crack epidemic was criminal. The overwhelming opioid abuse which is mostly a white event, has been deemed a crisis.
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Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
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