By Gregory Moore
This morning’s blog/op-ed is going to be a little disturbing because none of us should expect to be reading about a tragedy on a Sunday morning.
With the recent arrest of Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in Cambridge and the dialogue that is now in the public mainstream and with CNN broadcasting another series about being Black in America, you would think that the crime rate between Blacks would be dropping.
After all, as a people, there have been some major accomplishments since the Civil Rights Bill passage and while there is a long way to go to help ensure racial equality, the quality of the Black community has not gotten any better and it is arguable that it actually worse now than some twenty or thirty years ago.
Now I say this because black on black crime is still very much in this culture’s mainstream and there hasn’t been any talk, and I mean serious talk, about how to combat it, deter it and eventually squash it from existence.
We talk about racial profiling that police officers do to Blacks but what about the racial profiling that the criminal element does?
Case in point, two crimes that took place between Saturday and Sunday.
Both victims were African American; one of them died.
And with all certainty the perpetrators of both of these crimes were black too.
Ironically both of these crimes happened in Atlanta, Georgia.
The first instance happened early Sunday morning and involves City Councilman Caesar Mitchell.
Mitchell was carjacked around 2:00 A.M., E.S.T. time.
The councilman was not hurt in the car jacking and his vehicle was recovered a couple of hours later.
The second car jacking incident doesn’t have a happy ending.
Pro boxer Vernon Forrest was killed in a car jacking that turned into a gun battle.
Forrest was at a gas station with his girlfriend’s son Saturday night when the incident occurred.
According to a news account from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Forrest was putting air in the tires of his Jaguar when a man approached him at gunpoint and robbed him of a few items.
Forrest then took off after the armed assailant and a gun battle ensued in which the pro boxer lost his life.
Now while these two crimes took place in Atlanta, they could have happened anywhere, at any time, and to anybody.
When you are reading police blotters or news stories from the newspaper, it is quite easy to spot where a crime may be a black on black crime.
For example, six individuals were shot in Houston, Texas during an event that was honoring a Houston based rapper.
According to the Houston Chronicle, “six people were shot Wednesday night, none fatally, on the Texas Southern University campus during an event recognizing a Houston area rapper, school and police officials said. University spokeswoman Eva Pickens said university officials were told that the shootings, which occurred at about 8:30 p.m. at Cleburne and Tierwester, near the East Garage, were gang-related.”
Ask yourself this question, why would anyone want to fire into a crowd of people who are enjoying themselves?
The Houston Police Department is investigating the ordeal but it very safe to say that this incident involved either Black gang members or Black men who were into something violent.
Every day something like this pops up in a newspaper and for African Americans who want to show that ‘we have gotten better’ as the years have gone by, you would think a serious dialogue in this community would take place.
But it hasn’t.
This community is so focused on racial profiling from outside forces that it doesn’t realize that within its own walls, blacks are killing each other at an alarming rate.
It is an almost certainty that while you are reading this blog, a black man that does not have anything of value or substance in his life will commit a crime against another black man who has everything the less fortunate one wants.
It is the classic fight of one person who does not have anything wanting to possess something that he or she has not worked for.
Forrest died trying to protect whatever valuables were stolen from him because the man who stole them didn’t work hard for them. All he saw was an opportunity to rob and steal; not go out and get it himself.
A poster the other day was appalled at an entry I made about how I could just say that the majority of black men who got arrested deserved it.
And while I didn’t answer that poster, let me answer it here; the majority of black men who get arrested are the ones committing wrongs.
Take Dr. Gates out of the picture for the moment and look at your own experiences.
If you walked down a street in a black community right now, what are you going to see? Would it be a group of black men not doing anything productive sipping on something alcoholic?
Now that’s not an every day case but the truth of the matter is that more often times than not, crimes involving anyone comes from someone who is not trying to be productive and think the easy hustle is to rob from those of us who are out here trying to keep our noses to the grind.
Black men who commit crimes do racially profile the rest of us because in their eyes, we are the enemy; we have what they want.
In the cases of Mitchell and Forrest, the perpetrators wanted what these men worked hard for and one of them died trying to protect that property.
There should be a clarion call on getting tougher within the Black community on this epidemic.
But that’s not going to happen.
Its taboo and something that we don’t do in public.
But it should be because it’s the reality of what this world is and if we want racial profiling to stop from the outside, we have to squash the racial profiling that is done from the inside.
It’s just a thought that somebody should bring up.