Black Crime vs. White Crime:A Silent Epidemic
Brandi Williams
November 14, 2016

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.
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. 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.
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