The Third Law of Black Crime According to Black People
Jan 29th, 2012 by Unamused
Our ongoing series Black Crime According to Black People explores the unique principles that govern how blacks react to black crime, which is very different from how they react to non-black crime and how whites react to any sort of crime.
These should not be confused with Unamusement Park’s Laws of Race and Crime:
- There is no significant bias against black people in the justice system.
- The news media are biased in favor of black people.
- Black people are more criminal than white people.
We emphasize that the Laws of Race and Crime describe and explain the reality of race and crime, whereas the Laws of Black Crime According to Black People describe and explain black people’s reactions to black crime. (To be precise: how the reactions to black crime of a large percentage of black people differ from their reactions to non-black crime and from the reactions of most white people to any sort of crime.)
Last time, we covered the Second Law of Black Crime According to Black People: More to the Story. This law holds that any time a black person commits or is accused of a crime, there must be — can you guess? — more to the story. However horrific the crime and however obvious the black person’s guilt, there simply must be some mitigating factor to justify or at least excuse what happened. The criminal may not be the hero of the story, but he is certainly among the victims — provided he is black.
Today, we unveil the Third Law of Black Crime According to Black People. If you have any examples of this law in action, feel free to leave a comment.
Third Law: Only Victims Are Black
The Only Victims Are Black law holds that (a) the race of a black victim is always relevant, and (b) the race of a black perpetrator is never relevant. When the two clauses of the Third Law are applied in quick succession, the results can be humorous.
We take as an example the shooting death of Shaquille Jones of Brooklyn, as reported by the website Your Black Gossip in “17 Year Old High School Basketball Player In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time Shot To Death” (Nov. 20, 2011).
Shaquille Jones wasn’t a kid who was expected to die at such an early age. He wasn’t even involved in the situation that got him killed. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can often lead to a death sentence for young black men in America.
A situation got him killed? He was in the wrong place at the wrong time? It sounds as though he was hit by a bus or struck by lightning, but we already know he was shot to death. A hunting accident, perhaps — but in Brooklyn? And how can situations, times, and places discriminate on the basis of age, sex, and race? How can they preferentially target young black men?
Of course, Shaquille wasn’t shot by a situation or a place and time. He was murdered — gunned down in the street for no good reason — by a gang of black thugs. This is not unusual.
12.6% of Americans are black alone; another 1% are black in combination with some other race (2010 Census). Yet blacks commit the majority of homicides: 50% in 2004, 53% in 2005, 55% in 2006, 54% in 2007, 52% in 2008, 52% in 2009, and 53% in 2010 (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program). The black murder rate is consistently about 8 times higher than the white murder rate, meaning blacks are 8 times as likely (700% more likely) to commit murder as whites, on average. From 2004 to 2008, about 84% of their victims were black, while 16% were white and Hispanic.
Now you know. So let’s read on.
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can often lead to a death sentence for young black men in America. Jones, who lives in Brooklyn, ran into a group of other teenagers who were armed and seeking to settle a fight they’d had with some other young men.
Jones and his friends argued with the armed men, but were not involved in the fight that had the men so upset in the first place.
It doesn’t get any clearer than in these three sentences. The victim and all four perpetrators (not to mention whomever they were arguing with) were (a) young, (b) male, and (c) black. The victim is duly described as (a) young, (b) male, and (c) black. The perpetrators, on the other hand, are described as (a) young and (b) male.
Hmm. Some information appears to have been lost.
The victim isn’t just a person or a young person or a man or even a young man. He’s a young black man, and this is clearly very important to “Your Black Gossip.” Indeed, it is the article’s raison d’être. That’s clause (a) of the Third Law in action: the race of a black victim is always relevant.
Not only is the race of a black victim always relevant, but the race of a white victim is irrelevant at best, and cause for obscene celebration at worst. Most blacks don’t seem to care one bit about the white victims of black crime, despite the little-known fact that blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against other blacks and often delight in harming innocent white people. But that curious attitude is a law for another day.
Meanwhile, Shaquille’s killers are merely young men. That’s clause (b) of the Third Law in action: the race of a black perpetrator is never relevant.
You see, drawing attention to black criminality (while technically not racist, as long as the reporter is black) could lead to “negative stereotypes,” meaning uncomfortable statistical truths about racial minorities.
It could also lead to “racial profiling,” meaning the exact same principle that makes you pet a kitty but run from a tiger.
It could even “reflect on all the good black kids” and “render invisible the young black guys who are strivers and law-abiding,” meaning waaaaaaah blacks are dangerous and those mean wacist white people want to protect themselves and their families waaaaaaah.