Boy, it sounds like if someone were generally concerned about this, it would be a really good reason to:
- Increase gun control
- Increase birth control access and education
- Decriminalize things that disproportionately lead to black/poor incarceration yet done at high rates across most of the population (eg Marijuana, cash bail)
- De privatize all prisons; remove incentive to keep them full and understaffed
- Decarceralize by about 80-90% (bring us in line with Europe); put the tremendous amount of money currently going there toward outpatient substance abuse treatment, parenting education, work programs, etc.
- Universal healthcare, to remove one of the major causes of poverty/personal bankruptcy and allow access to mental health medication and treatment
But that would be a small part of the logical end of a train of thought that started with genuine interest.
Instead, I'm going to lift a few quotes from an article about black on black crime:
When an opponent of Black Lives Matters talks about “blacks killing blacks” it’s almost always to deflect attention away from police brutality. As if one issue makes the other more acceptable.
When someone commits an act of terrorism against the United States, which rightfully leads to anger and sadness, no one asks, “Well what about how many Americans kill other Americans each year?” Because that would crazy, now wouldn’t it?
The majority of black people murdered are killed by other black people. That’s true, but also misleading. The overwhelming majority of white murder victims each year are killed by white assailants
As shocking as it may be for some to hear, people generally commit crimes against people they know or live near. If you want to have a real discussion about crime, let’s talk about the factors that contribute to it happening in the first place.
What is someone supposed to do when you can be murdered legally? When police can harass you and then choke you out because you’re selling loose cigarettes or when a cop can kneel on your neck as you cry out “I can’t breathe" while his colleagues stand by and watch.
That’s why police brutality is its own unique horror. And African Americans are two and half times more likely than whites to be killed by law enforcement.
But, yes, non-police violence is a huge issue in the US. But I have higher standards and expectations for when the violence is perpetrated by someone sanctioned, trained, and employed by the state.