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When a white person kills a black person. By Laurence Thomas

When a white person kills a black person, it turns out that black people trip over themselves claiming that a horrendous act of racism has been committed. Indeed, folks like the morally despicable Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are often quick to show up and give a speech about the horrendous act of racism that has been committed by a white person against a black person.

Alas, when a black person kills another black person, we have deafening silence on the part of blacks—including the ever so non-righteous black leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Now, what on earth explains the deafening silence on the part of blacks when a black kills a black by contrast to the considerable trumpeting on the part of blacks about racism when a black is killed by a white ? Is it that more blacks are killed by whites than there are blacks killed by blacks ? Well, a most poignant truth is that nowadays far more blacks are killed blacks than blacks are killed by whites. The number of black people killed by black people far exceeds the number of black people killed by white people. It is rather common knowledge that black-on-black crime is considerable.

Of course, the fact that more blacks kill blacks than whites kill black does not in any way excuse the killing of a black by a white, given that there is no reasonable excuse of the white’s behavior. But that point equally holds for a black’s killing of a black. A black’s unjustified killing of a black is no less horrific than a white’s unjustified killing of black. Yet, we do not hear any moral outrage on the part of blacks with regard to black-on-black murders. Instead, what we primarily get in the case of black-on-black murders is none other than deafening silence on the part of black people.

Now, it goes without saying that the wrongful behavior of blacks does not excuse the wrongful behavior of whites. But a profound truth in the other direction is that the killing of a black by a black is no less wrong than the killing of a black by a black. So, it is utterly stupefying that blacks get all worked up when a black is killed by a white ; whereas there is essentially deafening silence on the part of blacks—including the Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson—when a black is killed by a white. Nay, the silence on the part of blacks with regard to a black killing a black is utterly incomprehensible. For surely, it makes absolutely no sense at all to suppose that a black person’s life is somehow worth less when the black is killed by a black person than when the black is killed by a white person.

So what can possibly explain the fact that blacks are essentially silent in the matter of black-on-black crime but are ever so outspoken when a black is killed by a white ? There can be no morally acceptable answer to that question. None whatsoever. Hence, it follows that we have none other than a deep, deep form of hypocrisy on the part of blacks, given that blacks are so quick to protest the killing of a black by a white ; yet we have essentially deafening silence on the part of blacks when a black is killed by a black. Indeed, we have a like silence on the part of blacks when a white is killed by a black.

Now, there can be no greater evidence that white liberals really do not take blacks seriously than the fact that white liberals are equally silent with respect to black-on-black killings, yet white liberals trip over themselves crying racism when a white kills a black. If I really care about a person, then it would of the utmost importance to me that the individual properly cared for herself or himself. To be sure, I will want others to treat that person properly. Yet, it would be of first-order importance to me that the person cared for herself or himself. In fact, it would be utterly disingenuous to go on and on and on and on about the ways in which others mistreat the person all the while remaining absolutely silent about the way in which the person to do what is appropriate for herself or himself, given that the person is in the position so to behave. Indeed, such silence on my part would be an ever so clear sign that I do not really care about the person. Well, it follows by parity of reasoning that white liberals do not care about blacks as much as white liberals say that they do. Not at all. And guess what ? It also follows either that (i) black people generally are deeply lacking in a proper sense of self or that (ii) blacks are deeply dysfunctional. It is simply not possible that there is a genuine sense of deep pride on the part of blacks and yet there is deafening silence on the part of blacks with regard to black-on-black crime. And, of course, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson each stands as a paradigm example of an utterly hypocritical human being.

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