Thirty-year-old, Officer Robert Wilson III , a father of two, was shot and killed during a robbery at a Game Stop in Philadelphia. Officer Wilson was African American and a hero. He was a police officer and more importantly a good father. This story is distressing. He was at the game stop purchasing a gift for his son. Two African Americans entered the store, initiated a robbery and it ended in a gun fight which killed officer Wilson. Two people looking for a free copy of madden took a hero's life. Where is the media outrage? Where is the "hands up don't shoot" crowd, black lives matter crowd, where is the sociopath Al Sharpton? They are too busy stirring up racial tension in the United States and fabricating the hands up don't shoot myth in Ferguson. Sure racism still exists on a miniscule level. The fact is, it is not the real problem facing African American communities.
People want to have a conversation about race. Well, I think its time we start having a conversation about the real ussue. A broken culture with in the African American community. The Michael Brown and Eric Gardner situation would of happened regardless of racism. So let us take a look at some of the facts.
According to Victor Thorn of American Free Press: " A 2012 study by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention revealed that in 2010 black youths committed six times more murders, three times more rapes, 10 times more robberies and three times more assaults than did their white counterparts.
Similar statistics were released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the "Uniform Crime Reports.” They determined, “In the year 2008, black youths, who make up 16% of the youth population, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58% for homicide and 67% for robbery.” By contrast, the only categories where white youths surpassed blacks were in liquor law violations and driving under the influence.
Even black civil rights advocates such as Van Jones, President Barack Obama’s former green jobs czar, confirmed these findings. In his October 5, 200 article, “Are Blacks a Criminal Race?” Jones wrote, “African American youth represent 32% of all weapons arrests [and] were arrested for aggravated assault at a rate nearly three times that of whites."
Deryyck Green of Project 21 takes it a step further and identifies the black on black violence existing in African American communities. He points out the following:
"Activism advocating that black lives matter could have much more moral authority, and could be taken much more seriously, if it focused on actions devaluing black lives. These have very little to do with white cops and everything to do with self-destructive black behavior.
There is a disparity regarding violent death in the black community. We are killing our own at an alarming rate. According to a U.S. Department of Justice analysis, most murders are interracial and "93 percent of black victims were killed by blacks" between 1980 and 2008. Yet Attorney General Holder, President Obama and Reverend Sharpton haven't wanted a national conversation about this shocking figure." Read his complete article here
Too many African Americans grow up with out a father. Young African American men turn to the "streets" for guidance. The "streets" steer these young men in the wrong direction. They grow up lacking the moral clarity needed to be a father. What is a realistic solution to this cultural issue in African American communities? There is no easy answer but there are a few places we can start.
People like Al Sharpten and Jesse Jackson need to keep their mouths closed. New voices need to emerge in the community. Al Sharpton is a money hungry, sociopath who understands racial tensions fill his bank account. By the way, theRichest.com, estimates Al Sharpton's net worth at $5 million. African American communities do not need men like Sharpton representing them. These communities need people like Dr. Ben Carson, Allen West, Denzel Washington and Sherrif Clarke preaching to them. These are men young African Americans should idolize.
In certain circumstances, programs substituting fatherly functions need to be promoted and supported with in the community. Programs like the Boys and Girls Club of America facilitate an environment which promotes many of the values missing from some Young African Americans. More programs need to emerge and grow in these communities. These are small steps, nonetheless important steps.
Racism does exist, on a miniscule level. Small portions of every race will always be simple minded and believe skin color represents inequality.However, in the end, racism is not the issue with in African American communities. So, yes, lets have that conversation. Lets have a conversation about the real issue. A conversation about the broken culture.
Help the out by donating to the Boys and Girls Club of America. Donate Here