Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Black-on-Black Violence Hurts Community & America

Why would any white person want to live in a black neighborhood when every night the news shows violence in those communities? Although it is not as bad as it looks, the nightly reminder that blacks are murdering other blacks has to be sobering. Do we want an integrated America or do we want to a segregated America? We believe the election of Barack Obama has signalled that Americans want an integrated America. And we do not see whites brutalizing blacks on the evening news. We see black mothers screaming in agony over the loss of another son. So blacks move into white communities without worries of violence, while it probably is not even a consideration by whites to move into a black community. Black-on-black murder and violence is a curse on the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who wanted us to judge each other on the content of our character.

According to the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)

"...a clear majority of blacks remain willing to live in areas where their group is in the minority, and show a clear perference for 50/50 neighborhoods. Nonetheless, substantial differences remain in both the meaning and preferred levels of racial integration across racial categories. For many whites, a racially integrated neighborhood is one that is majority white. To put it plainly, whites are willing to live with small numbers of blacks, but prefer to live in predominantly same-race neighborhoods."
This pattern is clear because even though Prince George's County, Maryland is the richest majority black county in America, whites still moved away in droves as high income blacks moved in. Yet looking at the violence advertised every evening on the news, who can blame whites for not wanting to live among blacks. White racism can be blamed for some of the reluctance, but common sense is another. If this violent trend does not change very soon, single black mothers should consider moving out of these violent areas. Maybe it is time for them to consider moving back down south. Better a bucolic rural existence than to lose one's son to the insanity of Black-on-Black murder.

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