Justifying Black Deaths

In the wake of murders of young black men by police officers and civilian non-blacks (especially whites) there has always been those who have secretly and openly expressed their views on the killings. There are many people from different backgrounds who will express disdain for such acts of cruelty particularly if the victims were not committed any crimes and did not possess any weapons. However, you will have those that will justify their deaths up and down.

The murder of Trayvon Martin is still one of the hottest topics around. Part of the reason is the right wing’s effort to try to paint this young man as another thug up to no good. Geraldo Rivera concluded that his murder was due to the fact that he appeared like a thug. Martin was wearing a hoodie which, in the case of young black males, portrays the negative stereotypical image of the street thug. In that moment Rivera’s flimsy response shifted the blame from Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, to that of Martin’s family.

But the parade didn’t end there. It only just begun.

Right wing media sites like Wagist was in the business of trying to find that loathsome wanna-be thug in Martin while disputing the mainstream media’s depicting him as an innocent black child killed by a racist Hispanic. They’ve constructed information that included allegations that suggested Martin assaulted a bus driver, was suspended from school because he was caught with drugs, and that he was overall a violent gang member and a possible menace to society. All of which can not be proven, completely false or is completely irrelevant to the case.

Nevertheless, whatever that is used or created to justify the murder of young black males while denying that race is a compelling factor will indeed be used by those who will deny that they may just be racist themselves. Yet, most of those people will see the death of a black male by a cop or civilian as deserving by default. So, the question is why does this happen? Why are the killing of young black men justified no matter who pulled the trigger?

The answer is simple and obvious. The lives of black men in this nation are rendered low by society’s “standards”. Black men, from the time they are born, are told in one way or another that they are bad and worthless.

They are automatically seen as thugs and criminals even if there are those with no criminal records or gang affiliations. The stereotype is solid depending on the physical appearance. A young black man with braids or dreadlocks, a hoodie, or sagging pants is America’s image of the street thug out to rob, rape and murder.

Their lives are sometimes juxtaposed by those of white victims of crime at the hands of blacks. While there are those who are upset over such murders of black men, there are also those who will place white lives as much more deserving of grief and sorrow.

Sometimes crime statistics and prison population numbers are used. The belief is that since black men are most of the criminals you see, hear and read on the news and that there are many black men who have been through the system, that must mean that black men are committing most of the crime in this nation. No questions asked.

Much of that is due to the mainstream and news media’s overrepresentations of crime and violence involving black males. However, a large part is due to this nation’s age old fear of the savage black male out to attack “innocent” white people for no Earthly reason. The media helps maintain that fear and helps give people a viable reason to fear, hate, imprison and destroy young black men.

Many people either don’t know or don’t care that they are buying into the hype that has existed before they were born. Yet, they claim that they don’t “see race” or that they are not racist themselves. One can conclude that most of that is denial talking. Others believe that they are naive while some will defend their views saying that what they believe is true and that the truth itself is racist. Whatever the reasons are, it is undeniable that black men are being killed left and right in a nation with a phobia against them.

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10 thoughts on “Justifying Black Deaths

  1. Good post. Spot on and deeply depressing. Brothawolf, do you know how many black women out there that refuse to have a child in this world due to this very fact?

    And this is what white AmeriKlan wants…to slowly eradicate us off the face of the earth. Sometimes I don’t even read the articles or papers anymore due to the depressing shit that I see happening to my men…and women too for that matter.

    Sometimes I’m at a loss for words and wonder what will become of us. As a race I mean…I’m fretful.

    1. I’ve heard about that too, but I thought it was exaggerated.

      I don’t read the papers and articles because I can’t count on reading anything positive and non-stereotypical pertaining to my group. Sadly, some black people will take that shit in without realizing that’s pretty much most of what they see.

      I don’t know what to think either. I really don’t know.

  2. Hey Brotha, I just don’t know this is so emotionally draining and depressing I agree with sister. If there is any positive news about the Black community it is rare. Sometimes I just can’t with the news on stuff on the internet. I sometimes think I need a media fast.

  3. I don’t see how anyone’s justifying it. On the contrary, guns are disgusting, and should never be allowed legally inside any country’s presence.

    You jump the boat, in the middle of the waterfall, and legalize guns? Well that’s why Amerika is famous for all your massacres and pointless civilian deaths.

    If you don’t understand that you live in the Wild Wild West, and not in Europe, where guns are not encouraged at all, or in any other civilized nation where violence isn’t the answer, like in yours, you will never wise up.

    I remember my first and only meeting of a black person. I was very young and my uncle had aggressive lung cancer, the type that kills in a few years, and spreads throught the body very fast. And you know what that black doctor did? He cured the cancer, and saved my uncle’s life.

    Because medicine, even exotic or fringe medicine from wild plants, is much more powerful than your Amerikanische gun powder. Which is why it was able to cure my uncle’s cancer, thanks to the skill of an afrikan doktor. But what happens in Amerika, across the Atlantik? Guns instead of Medicine. Lives are gone to heck because Amerika never promoted civilization but Profit. And selling guns or drugs is more profitable to the “Fat Industrialists”, who even use my country’s jewish president (citizen of Britain) to sell using my nation’s largest portsts and official fleet, this illegal drug and weapons trade with the East and South.

    You may have apparently “escaped” the Wrath of the British, but you still kept all those upstart colonialist merchants and Internationalists who abuse anyone who lives in Amerika, by getting rich off your livelihood. You never had an Adolf Hitler to deport all your corrupt elites , so you are still risking a lot by living there.

    Luife in Amerika is very dangerous. And this only serves to feed the Terror of it’s populace, and convince yyou or force you to purchase weapons of mass destruction. Now, if you were good chrsitians, you wouldn’t have killed anyone, but then again Amerika only pretends to be Christian.
    See, this is why I’m glad to live in Europe. Afrikans only save lives with their medicine, and only the corrupt Law with it’s allied gangs do anything about “killing people” here.

  4. Perfect article, I just wish it didn’t have to be true. With all the recent shootings happening in Seattle lately, only the one by the “suspected” black youth receieved a huge amount of outrage. The others, a man with a mental problem, and a random, that hasn’t been solved, and white on white crime, received sympathy and an outpouring of grief. Over and over, people blogged and wrote in online newspaper response segments, that the ‘black people needed to get control of their people” as if the color of your skin makes you repsonsible for everything that happens within your race. Never once did I read anything about the white people needing to get control of their people when the white man with the mental illness killed 5 people. It was just sad and tragic.

    Till the day i die, I will stand for equality and I speak out against racism and discrimination when I see it. That old saying “united we stand, divided we fall”, well in my opinion, we are divided and we’re falling as a nation.

    1. I agree.

      Some people think that the problem of violence and crime is a black problem as if black people are the only ones susceptible to those ills. They seem to want to avoid that it is a problem of society. Crime and violence didn’t begin after my ancestors were kidnapped centuries ago. It was here long before Africans were brought here against their will. I don’t understand why people can’t understand this simple fact.

      When did this guy killed five people?

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