For me, ideas often begin with a desire to know more. It’s probably like that for anyone that writes.
I’ve been reading for quite some time now about how white on black racism is making a comeback. Nearly to the extent of pre-Brown vs. Board of Education levels. And if the news stories are to be believed, it’s in no way more evident than in the ratio of shooting deaths of “perpetrators” by police officers, based on racial statistics. The level of outrage would indicate police officers are obtaining licensure to shoot African-American men like rednecks receiving deer tags in November.
It just didn’t sound right to me, although it’s also possible to argue racism isn’t making a comeback, it never left at all.
So I did a small amount of digging, and the information I found with only that was alarming, and not only in the way I expected it to be.
Also, I suppose another thing to consider is that controversy sells, not to mention earns ratings points. If it bleeds it leads, right? So I need to take coverage with a very large grain of salt.
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation reported the following on their 2012 Expanded US Crime Statistics Table:
2648 African Americans were killed. 193 by white perpetrators (apparently, not all police). 2412 by other African Americans. 3128 caucasions were killed, 431 by black perpetrators, 2614 by whites.
2013 was much the same. 2491 African-Americans were killed, 2245 by other African-Americans, 189 by caucasians. 3005 white people were killed, 2509 by other whites. 409 by African-Americans.
The conclusion I drew was easy (and based ONLY on the FBI tables).
We are killing each other.
I don’t plan to make a study of crime statistics, but it’s easy to see that the violence and death going on isn’t just 1 or 2 way. We really are killing each other. Racism or not, we just are.
I don’t know how to fix that–both racism and people giving in to their base and violent instincts and just taking lives.
Better education of our kids is part of it, but not the only part.
How do we re-learn something we’ve been taught our entire lives? And not just on a family level, but also a cultural one.
People aren’t all bad–not even mostly bad–white, black or any other color.
Give them a chance.
Absent fathers are another part of it, but as before, not the only part.
Teaching kids that all lives matter is another part.
I think the largest part of all is that the United States seems to so abhor what is usually described as traditional values, we are scattering and running in all directions rather than looking inward, to our hearts.
We are becoming more Godless by the day, which is also very evident. Media confirmation is not needed for that one.
That’s another problem, and not-so-easy to solve.
Partly due to the standard-bearers for Christ not holding the banner particularly high, even on a good day.
That is not an easy-fix, but certainly a possible one.
We have to remember that He in us, is greater than he who is in the world.
And then we have to live like we believe it.
It isn’t the only thing we can do, but it’s something.
And change has to start somewhere.
We needn’t accept what the world tells us to.
Statistics be damned.