Undeniable the black community has faced stereotyping in orsociety for over hundreds of years, not only that but it has been rampant. Theymaybe from anything associated with gender, occupation, age, and even sexualpreferences. But not all stereotypes are harmful there are some that have agreat demeanor towards the black community. But what happens when stereotype’sstay within the community for so long that they become oppressed and notnormally handle by the naked eye that has been turned away from it.
Yes, thatright black on black crime. This crime is usually show a lack of attentionbecause of the prejudice of the society. In the black community discrimination,injustice, prejudice, and crimes against one another are more likely to occurthan any race against us is most likely to occur. Black on Blackcrimes are the crimes which are committed on African Americans with theoffenders also being African Americans. The African Americans remain moresegregated than any other racial group in the globe.
Some of them evenexperience what some would call “Residential isolation” (Quillian, 1999).Studies from the past show that “white flight” the avoidance of the white raceis the main reason that they fall to discrimination. While there are only 12percent African American living in the united states, 45 percent of the victimsof murder in 2002 also come from them: 91 percent of them are killed by theirfellow black Americans.
Statistics show that homicides top the list of the leadingcauses of death among black men, while suicide in landed on the second notch onthe causes of death among black women aged 15-24(Greaves). These figures orstatistics, of course, are just reflections of social reality. Racialdiscrimination, though not as rampant in the past decades still hounds outsociety that is a great factor contributing to the crime rate among blackAmerican.Despite the society’s eventual tolerance on racialdifferences, there are still studies that show that whites do not prefer inplaces where there are a lot of black Americans living in the same community nomatter the income.
In a research survey conducted,most white Americans who were asked in the survey said they prefer living in acommunity where the population of African American is less then 30 percent.(Clark) Studies showing the rends of mobility show that neighborhoods or communitieswith relatively high populations of black families have the tendency tocollapse population of white families (Quillian 1999). This means that white Americanstend to move out the place if it is more dominant of the Black Americancommunity.
In the long run, these neighborhoods would be dominated fully byblack Americans. Perception on Crime Empirical studies were never enough to ackup the perception of neighborhood and communities about crime. There is no reallysignificant number of studies which focus on the black on black crimes. Butthen there are two huge factors that are the fore runners of influencing theperception of a neighborhood towards crime. Especially in higher crime rates.
First is the observable characteristics which is theneighborhoods racial composition. In the USA for example most communities canbe categorized into either majority blacks or majority whites. Factors likeeconomic class or income where an individual belong is cannot be based onphysical traits. In “black on Black crimes” the second factor would be the stereotypesthat relate a certain group of people with crime. Furthered that informationthat are consistently seen are stereotypes are most likely to be noticed orremembered by people than those information stereotypes that are usually used(Robert, Evans, and Fulero 1979).
An example of this would be the AfricanAmericans or the blacks who are often associated with rampant crimes known byall Americans (Devine and Elliot 1995). stereotypesmay also lead to the growth of the stereotypes which are associating certaingroups of people on committing crimes. This casing media reports would mostlikely to focus on news with headlines reporting that are guilty of stereotyping.These kinds of media reports reinforce the association of crime and race in theminds of the people or better yet the audience that is targeted. Divergent tothe common notion that racism or discrimination is the main cause of black onblack violence there are a lot of reasons causing the views of such crimes.
Butracism and discrimination are not the only reasons that play a major factor.In the case of the United States of America young black Americanskids especially those in “mixed racial” communities. Trying to combat black onblack violence is not going to be easily resolved within years. The way towardsthe solution of this social problem across America could need many factors.
Icould take decades if not more centuries to lower crime rates in the same back community,but we should not give up of a task that seems impossible.This fight is not only for African Americans but for allraces. Because everyone is affected by the violence in the black communityweather it could be directed at you or indirectly. There are solutions to lowerthe black on black crime some may take as to harsh or near impossible but thosewho are really determined to fight or at least give an attempt will besuccessful if not now in the future.A reason in my eyes is that the black community have a low self-esteem,because as a race growing in the country we have been raised in at a certainpart of time we were demoralized in my opinion causing it easier to commit thecrime in your own race rather to the superior races. We can also help stop thespread of black violence first starting in our school systems. The usuallyhistory class involves the teaching that Europeans descendants is the race tobeat, that they are the top dog. While all other races are inferior to anythingthe Caucasian race has completed.
There are certain problems within our culture or society thatneed to be addressed immediately before the plan of lowering crime rates downof black on black violence. First, I believe in better law enforcement. Notsaying that there are more bad cops then good cops, just less mistakes in theplaying field should be made or could be that the law enforcement has a terriblereputation for such a good cause. Second, respect should be giving to the blackoffender. You see it giving to all other races except for the black community becauseof the stereotypes.
But we all must realize that they are human just like us. Lastly,the better community involvement that its not only an issue in the African Americancommunity but to all races it is an issue. If we open about our racial differences,this can all be a lesson especially to the black community. A society with an openview is what we are really need. NO PREJJUDCIS, JUDGEMENT, OR STEROTYPES. But firstwe must learn that it is 100% okay to help your neighbor. We all need a helpinghand in this world. Don’t be the person who turns a blind eye.
Make the difference,even if it is small.