White People Use Diversion Tactics to Minimize Black Issues (And It’s Pissing Me Off)

By Jason Lewis    October 28, 2017

People love to bring up certain issues to deflect from other issues, especially when it comes to the plight of black America.

When black people protest against police brutality, some idiot always asks the same stupid question – “what about black-on-black crime?”

I’m tired of seeing people use the black-on-black crime issue to counter the police brutality issue.  It’s incredibly disingenuous.  Many people who could care less about black-on-black crime, who are not affected by the issue, and who are doing nothing to address issue, will use it just to win an argument.

I can understand a gang interventionist, who works on a daily basis to combat black-on-black crime, bringing it up when people protest about police brutality.  They would be seeking support for the work that they are doing.  They obviously care about the issue and would want to bring attention to it.  

But a person who does not deal with black-on-black crime in anyway, and doesn’t think about it often, using it just to win an argument, is being incredibly disingenuous.

That’s one of the major problems in this country.  People are just trying to win a debate instead of fix a problem.  Police brutality is an issue that needs to be addressed.  Black-on-black crime is also an issue that needs to be addressed.  Both of those issues need to be addressed simultaneously.  And they are.

Many people are extremely misinformed about the efforts to stop black-on-black crime (which happens at a similar rate to white-on-white crime).  This narrative that black people don’t care, are not doing much about black-on-black crime, or have more of an issue with police brutality has been created, but it isn’t true.  The media doesn’t cover the efforts of black people who work hard to combat black-on-black crime. I know that first hand because I am part of the media, and I have created content about those efforts.

Mainstream media isn’t going to cover black people protesting black-on-black crime, so the masses think that those type of protests don’t exist.  But the media will be all over black people protesting racial injustice.  It’s because pitting blacks vs. whites is huge for ratings and it’s huge for web click rates.  So this narrative that black people aren’t doing anything about black-on-black crime has been created.

I’ve personally participated in many events and programs that are designed to keep kids out of gangs or to stop crime in black communities.  I’ve also attended community events that discussed black-on-black crime.  The mainstream media doesn’t show up for that.  I’ve been to events (but never participated in them) where there was a protest against police brutality.  The media is always there.

We, as Americans, need to stop trying to win arguments and start creating real change, and we need to stop buying into the narratives that mainstream media creates.

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