Check Out The Message Commentary: Is the Media at Fault for Racial Divisiveness?
Written by rhythmraveradio on June 22, 2015
I’m sitting here mulling over all the media reports of the last three years, and it has not been pretty. From Trayvon Martin, to Mike Brown, Renisha McBride, Freddie Gray and as of recent, the killings of 9 church members in Charleston, SC, has given me reason to pause. Yet as we have seen in the media from CNN, FOX and MSNBC, there has been a full media onslaught of hapless blacks getting into some sort of confrontation with law enforcement on a national level. So, as I pour over all the online articles, I must reflect and ask: why so much coverage on instances on particular ethnic group, when crime happens in every community of every race?
Let’s do a little fact checking into this. 13 Percent of Americans are identified as black (or African-American) judging by the latest facts from the US Census Bureau. Not including homicide cases, because the range of case complexities,black offenders committed 52 per cent of homicides recorded in the data between 1980 and 2008. Only 45 per cent of the offenders were white.
According to this study, disproportionately, blacks were more likely to commit homicide as to being victims.
Taking 2013 into account, the FBI has black criminals carrying out 38 per cent of murders, compared to 31.1 per cent for whites. The offender’s race was “unknown” in 29.1 per cent of cases.
I say the error in these numbers lie in the comparison of this being ‘black vs. white’ issue. Criminologists has long said that blacks that offend are more likely living in impoverished communities. That reasoning gives a distorted look on how the black community is somehow more tolerant of crime as opposed to other cultures.
Media outlets has continuously hammered away at the notion that in black culture, we have a propensity to commit crime based on a level of impoverishment. The examples in Baltimore and Furguson has given FOX and other conservatives in particular, ample ammunition to label minorities as poor and violent. Comparatively, sociologists have suffered the same problem; not finding poor white neighborhoods that can be fairly compared to poor black neighborhoods for an accurate study results.