Breaking: No violence problem among black males in the city, according to CNN

I don’t mind having a conversation about race. I don’t mind it when a news story like the Zimmerman trial turns into a discussion about “racial issues.” What I mind is that — despite the millions of alleged adults who live in this country — we can not have a mature dialogue about this topic. I really mind the fact that people are allowed to say the stupidest, most inexcusably inane things, and get away with it because their lies fit the established narrative.

Case in point: A CNN panel a couple of days ago discussed the racial element of the Zimmerman case. In keeping with the balanced approach common to cable news, the anchor and both guests all agreed on everything and believed that Zimmerman is a racist and all of this happened because society has formed an entirely unfair and arbitrary prejudice toward black teenagers. They all felt that “black manhood” is really what’s on trial in Florida. One panelist, a “journalist” from The Nation had this to say: “[I don’t] believe Zimmerman’s story… because to me it reads like a very cartoonish version of what a 17-year-old black boy would say and do in this situation.”

Cartoonish? Yes, sir, I agree. But who, exactly, is painting this cartoon version of black masculinity? Go listen to a few rap songs and then come back and we’ll try to solve this riddle together. If you’re worried about “cartoonish” depictions of manhood, maybe you should grow a spine and have the guts to point your finger at the real culprits. I know these idiot rappers who glorify gangsterism, violence, materialism and failure, aren’t true representations of what it means to be a man. I know that. You know that. Now maybe you should say it louder and more often.

Not to be outdone, Rod Vereen, attorney for the prosecutions witness Rachel Jeantel, chimed in with this:

“People have a tendency to want to believe that young black men are growing up in these urban neighborhoods to be violent. And that is absolutely not the case.”

Wait. Wait. Hold on. This was actually said on a NEWS program and it went unchallenged? Wow. Well, can this guy make sure to deliver this good news to the 72 people who were shot in Chicago this past weekend? Oh, also make sure to pass this along to the 35 percent of gangs in this country made up of black kids. And can you please tell this to the black males aged 15 to 34 who comprise less than 3 percent of the population yet account for 40 percent of all murders? Not to mention the half of all murder victims who are black, the vast majority of whom are killed by someone of the same race. And, dude, can you swing by Baltimore, DC, Detroit, Camden, Oakland, New Orleans, St. Louis, Cleveland, etc, and tell them that the whole black-violence-in-the-city schtick is really just a bunch of hullabaloo? Thanks. Oh, and good luck. Seriously.

This is why we can’t talk about race. Because the conversation has to rest on a bunch of fallacious bull crap about how young black males in the city aren’t any more likely to be violent than anyone else. These delusions aren’t just cowardly — they’re dangerous. It’s like the lie we tell about how heterosexuals are just as likely to get HIV as gays. It sounds nice and it make us feel good to say it, but meanwhile people are dying because reality doesn’t care about our superficial political agenda. The cowardice in this country has reached a critical mass. Would you also pretend that middle aged white guys aren’t any more likely to be pedophiles than women? Would you throw all statistical realities and pure common sense aside and let a strange man babysit your 8 year old daughter? Or do you drop the act when push comes to shove?

I don’t know anything about Trayvon Martin. But I know a lot of black kids are born into a community full of violence and turmoil. To deny that is to deny the very ground you walk upon. I also know that most of these kids — a full 72 percent of them — grow up in fatherless homes. The rate in the inner city has gone above 80 percent. EIGHTY PERCENT. Did you get that? Eighty percent of black kids in the city don’t have a dad at home. That’s not just a high number — it’s apocalyptic. It represents a complete and total collapse. Every conversation about violence in the city should begin and end on this point. The fact that it’s rarely even brought up is an indictment on our whole society. Look at any youth statistic — crime, suicide, drop out rates, drug abuse, homelessness, poverty, imprisonment — the far, far majority of the kids in these categories are from fatherless homes. Do you think that’s a coincidence? Or is it a contributing factor? Or is it the THE factor?

I guess we’ll never know. We live in La-La Land where there is no violence problem among black kids in the city, and there is no HIV problem among gays, and there is no pedophile problem among white men, and there is no water in the ocean or blueness in the sky. Everything is fine. No conclusions can be drawn.

Go back to sleep.

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9 Responses to Breaking: No violence problem among black males in the city, according to CNN

  1. Mr. G says:

    Thank you for speaking the truth. Now just watch the spastic conniptions happen in the subsequent comments…

  2. Dawn says:

    Well said Matt!

  3. Si Borg says:

    Those panelists are racist bigots and the way they defend a defenseless and completely illogical point of view is to conclude everyone else is racist. Let’s list a few cities that are third world cesspools full of third world degenerates Memphis, Birmingham, Newark, Camden, Compton, Rochester, Gary, Detroit, E St. Louis, it’s perfectly clear for anyone who WANTS to see but those people are buried in denial and it is because they are ashamed of their race and yet too weak and pathetic to admit it.

  4. Deb says:

    I monitor tethers for juveniles in one of the roughest areas of our country. I speak to mothers all the time. I can count on one hand how many fathers I have dealt with EVER. I have been told that the neighborhoods these kids are roaming around in, either looking for trouble or being forced to navigate for the simple act of going to school or the grocery store, are war zones. Watching for shootings, rapes, and drugs is part of their everyday lives. To deny the danger, fear, isolation, and hopelessness of their surroundings isn’t a way to avoid offending or hurting them, it is a dangerous, insulting lie that refuses to address any of the problems these young people face. It removes almost any chance of finding solutions or cultivating constructive ideas for improvement in their lives. It is heart-breaking. These people who are so “in tune” with urban life and (mostly) black culture are one of the biggest parts of the problem. Ignoring the elephant in the room only allows it to grow and grow until no one has a chance against it.

  5. Mariah Jade says:

    Well said, my friend. Well said.

  6. truthseeker00 says:

    To acknowledge the undeniable fact that there is a black violence problem in many major cities is not racist. Now, if you decide the problem is the color of peoples’ skin, that is racist, but I honestly do not believe that there are a whole lot of Americans who think that way today. The fact that statistics prove disproportionate violence among inner city blacks does not suggest the reason for this problem, which countless scholars, politicians and clerics have sought to understand and mitigate. Racists would say, “Oh well, let ’em kill themselves.” Honest thinking people will ask, “What is behind the senseless violence, and how can we put a stop to it?”

  7. Glen says:

    Yes you should always highlight the race of the perps that will always offer a solution more racial stereotyping.

    The vast majority of serial killers and spree killers are white.

    This is an undeniable fact the kind of undeniable fact our blogger cannot deny unless he tries to.

    I notice he blogs shit and never responds to anything but what he calls ”idiots” when I reply intellectually he ignores it.

    • colbri11 says:

      First off cursing does not belong in an intellectual conversation. It makes you look ignorant and clearly highlights your lack of vocabulary. I don’t see any racist statements here. Maybe you yourself have some racist ideas because people generally reflect onto others traits that they themselves possess. The fact is that statistics don’t lie, they are objective measures so human interpretation of the facts does not apply, they are what they are. The media creates many fallacies surrounding this case and there is nothing racist about stating the facts. The problems in this culture will never be addressed until we first acknowlede it.

    • Monte Harmon says:

      I notice Glen seems to like talking trash wherever he travels. He apparently thinks that everyone would like to be like him and that by sharing his most meaningful thoughts that he is helping them. However, he misses the fact that his trash talk only demonstrates that he lives in a moral slum, and if anything is probably envious of those he is talking to and about.

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