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Monday, August 18, 2014

"What about black on black crime, huh?"

Posted by Scott Tibbs at 4:00 AM (#)

In the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, a number of conservatives have shown their ignorance of a basic premise of logical argumentation, in addition to at least appearing uncaring and callous about the violent death of a man made in the image of Almighty God. These nonsensical "arguments" about black on black crime need to stop.

Obviously, black on black crime is monstrous. The number of young black men murdered by other young black men is a national tragedy and we need to do more to oppose and fight against this bloodshed. The fact that black babies are aborted at a rate far above the black percentage of the population - and the fact that 60% of black babies in New York City are murdered by the abortion industry - is absolutely horrific.

But the conservative movement as a whole seems to only be worried about blacks killing blacks when it can be used as a distraction from discussions of police brutality, racial profiling, and the general relationship between law enforcement and blacks, especially in poor areas and the inner city. Too many conservatives smugly point to the black homicide rate and proclaim, "What about that, huh? Why don'cha talk about that, huh? Don't those victims matter to you? Why are you silent on this, huh?"

Grow up.

A discussion of police brutality and unjustified use of force is not the time for discussions of black on black crime. While those issues do deserve to be discussed, they are irrelevant to the question of whether the fatal shooting of Brown was justified. It is childish and callous to seek to derail a discussion of use of force by bringing up issues that have nothing to do with that use of force. Those issues should be dealt with separately.

We should not forget the unique position of the state in the use of force, if for no other reason than the firepower at the state's disposal. With police getting more and more military equipment, that firepower is growing by the month, and it is quite frankly more than a little frightening. We trust the civil magistrate to protect us, so use of force used by the civil magistrate needs to be very carefully monitored.

We should always remember that a government that does not abide by the rule of law is more dangerous to our liberty than any terrorist, foreign aggressor or common criminal could ever hope to be.

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