A color-blind media and benign neglect of black violence?

Posted on November 13, 2013. Filed under: Crime, Homicide, Law, Liberty, People, Philosophy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A color-blind media and benign neglect of black violence?

By Raymond Thomas Pronk

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Murder victim, Christopher Lane, and girlfriend of four-years, Sarah Harper.

Credit: http://www.abc.net.au

What got my attention was three teenagers allegedly in broad daylight in a residential neighborhood shot in the back and killed a complete stranger who was out jogging because they were bored.

I was listening to a newscast on one of the talk radio stations in Dallas when I first learned of the killing of Australian collegiate baseball player Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, Australia, by three teenagers in Duncan, in south central Oklahoma.

Later that day I was listening to a talk radio show when an Australian called in outraged that the American national media were not mentioning the race of the alleged teenage killers arrested. The two alleged killers were black and the alleged driver of the car was white. The caller said the homicide was a national news story in Australia where more details of what had happened were being broadcast than in the United States. The caller asked the question, if an Australian Aborigine had been shot by three white teenagers, would this not be a national story with the race of the killers disclosed?

Yes, it most certainly would have with the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson leading the parade of outrage in protest of the murder. The national media would be broadcasting every detail of the teenage white killers’ background as well as the innocent black victim.

Lane was attending East Central University in Ada, Okla., on an athletic scholarship. He was a starting catcher on the baseball team and was entering his senior year. Lane was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, which is about 85 miles east of Ada.

Lane and his girlfriend of four years, Sarah Harper, had just returned from a vacation in Australia. Harper said in an interview with the Australia Broadcasting Company, “I’m really thankful I got to do that before this happened. Spent a lot of time with him and with his family in the place that he really loved being. Him being so proud to show everybody and everything off that he loved.”

The Duncan police have arrested and charged 15-year-old James Edwards Jr. and 16-year old Chancey Luna as adults with first-degree felony murder. The police also arrested and charged the driver of the car, 17-year old Michael Jones, with use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree. Edwards and Luna are black and Jones is white, according to a police affidavit.

The police said it was Jones who told them, “We were bored and didn’t have anything to do so we decided to kill somebody.”

Harper said of the killers, “Never met them, never heard of them. And the fact that it was just they saw him running and chose him as a target is just unbearable, that it was just pointless. There was no rhyme or reason to any of it and it’s just not fair.”

The murder in Duncan with a population under 25,000 may be a rare event. However, in black neighborhoods in large cities across the United States, black-on black-crime, including homicides, is a very common event. Blacks are the overwhelming majority of the victims of black gang and drug-related violence.

The black economist Walter Williams wrote, “between 1976 and 2005, blacks, while 13 percent of the population, committed over 52 percent of the nation’s homicides and were 46 percent of the homicide victims. Ninety-four percent of black homicide victims had a black person as their murderer.”

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports, Crime in the United States 2011, there were 12,664 homicide victims in the U.S. of which 6,329 were black, 5,825 were white, 335 other race and 175 unknown race.

When it comes to black-on-black violent crime, especially homicides, the national media is apparently color-blind and treats such crime with benign neglect.

Fifty years ago on Aug. 28, 1963,  the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., his now famous “I Have a Dream” speech with its inspiring ending: “…when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:  Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

I hope the dream comes true. This will first require universal respect for all human life and the honesty to face and confront  the causes of evil in both black and white neighborhoods — gangs and drugs glorified by gangsta rap music, games and movies. Corrupting culture, entertainment, alcohol and drug use can lead to violence and murder of the innocent.

Until then in the words of singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, sung by his friend and lover, the late Port Arthur born Texas singer-songwriter Janis Joplin, who died at age 27 of a drug overdose of heroin with alcohol in Hollywood:

“…Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,
Nothin’ don’t mean nothing if it ain’t free.
And feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues,
You know, feeling good was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee. ”

Raymond Thomas Pronk presents the Pronk Pops Show on KDUX web radio from 4-5 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and from 3-5 p.m. Friday and authors the companion blog http://www.pronkpops.wordpress.com.

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