Posted By James Brown
I imagine that the murders in Chicago are a very big deal to those who live in those neighborhoods. The following is a set of difficult points to make properly and succinctly, but I'll try:Originally Posted by Darian Rachal
Jim, in my earlier post I mentioned a number of negative characteristics pertaining to a segment of black men, one which is the relatively high murder rate. The weekly murder rate in Chicago would be a good example. If 10 or 15 people are murdered in Chicago over the weekend it's no "big deal"; it's only blacks killing blacks, and that's what blacks do to each other. That's pretty much the attitude regarding this specific matter.
That being said, don't you think what I've described above(just to use one example) just might have something to do with the "negative social treatment"?
Anyone, white or black, who ventures into gang-war territory in Chicago ought to be very fearful of any young black men idling on the street. That is a rational response to a very real and dangerous circumstance in a certain locale.
Anyone who takes that fear and extrapolates it to blacks elsewhere is being racist. Maybe in a very small way, but it is still racism, even under the MLK definition.
The situation in Chicago is a clear disaster. Is the fault solely with the young black men? You say yes. I think the answer is much more complicated. I say that without giving the young black criminals a pass for their share of the blame.