Black Crime vs. White Crime; A
Silent Epidemic



November 14, 2016

Black Crime vs. White Crime: A Silent Epidemic

Black Crime vs. White Crime: A Silent Epidemic
People of color are treated unfairly in our justice system. According
to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013) African American people make up
30 percent of the United States population, which is- less than half, but
they constitute 60 percent of those imprisoned. African American people
are treated differently than white people, when it comes to being charged,
convicted and sentenced in crimes; in particular, violent crimes. This is
the exact reason why something in our government and judicial systems has
to change.
. Why is white on white crime such a silent epidemic? As if it
doesn't happen. Statistics show that 84% of white murders are carried out
by white people. (FBI Homicide Statistics 1980-2008). In a most recent
poll, there were 3,005 white murder victims of which 2,502 of those were
carried out by a white person. (Fbi:UCR, 2013). There were 2,491 black
murder victims in which 2,245 were carried out by a black person.
(Fbi:UCR, 2013). These numbers are very close, yet we still don't hear the
term white on white crime. It makes me wonder what the media's agenda is?
Take the riots in Ferguson that took place the day after the fatal shooting
of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a 28-year-old white police officer Darren
Wilson on August 9, 2014. (Buchanan,2015) The media put so much attention
on how bad the violence has gotten over the riots that the focus was lost
on the real problem was which is the death of Michael Brown.
Today in society we see a lot of violence, rather it's on social media
or when we turn on our televisions. We see all this crime going on around
us and how the people are portrayed in a different light because of the
color of their skin. The image of that the black male carries are some
baggy jeans, big t-shirts, and high top shoes. He is a high school dropout
coming from a single parent home most likely the mother is raising him, and
his father is absent. This is what social media and the news always tell
its users and viewers. As a black woman raising a black male child, I will
question what type of man he is going to be what can I do to prevent my
child from being the next criminal on the news or the next wrongful death
of a black man killed by a police officer. The black man is being
stereotyped by the law and the media. For example, the media address white
crime as just crime no racial biased added on but when we discuss black
crime they use the term black on black crime.
The overall ideal image on how out country was supposed to be
freedom, honor, and our rights as a United States citizen. You have to
remember Black people were not always considered as equal citizens. In the
case of Brian Banks who was a former American football player and in the
summer of 2002 was charged and convicted of rape of his high school
classmate and was later exonerated after victim admits to lying about the
rape. Brian was only sixteen years old, and his life came to a stop facing
up to 41 years in prison for something he didn't do. He was offered plea
deals in which he turned down all of 25,18,9 years' plea deals. He finally
agreed to go to a 90-day observation in Chico state prison with assurance
from his attorney that he would receive probation. It was the better option
than a young black kid facing an all-white jury. Instead, Banks received
six years from the judge in which he served five in prison and five years
of high custody parole. (Myers,2016) In an interview with NY Daily News,
Banks stated "It was like I wasn't in the room. I felt like I wasn't a
human being I was a number." A similar case that had the social media pages
going crazy was one of Brock Turner. A Student at Stanford who was accused
of sexual assault and was given a six-month sentence and can be released in
three with good behavior. The judge Persky said," A prison sentence would
have a severe impact on him I think he will not be a danger to others."
(Myers,2016) When you compare these two cases, you think what