A recent article written by Dan Keating in the Washington Post on how gun deaths affect the races has prompted the writers at “Stuff Black People Don’t Like” to come to the following conclusion:
[Colion] Noir asks:
“Let’s talk about the violence in the inner cities. Everyone wants to ask why. Why the killing, why the murders, why the deaths?”
Because the inner cities of America are full of black people. That’s why.
Which is of course why many white people living in urban America are so excited about introducing gun control in their city, for it’s merely an attempt at controlling black people from accessing guns (thus, an attempt to negate a tool blacks can use in crime).
And, of course, why many more white people are so excited about protecting their 2nd Amendment rights — to defend their life, liberty, and property from the people most likely to use guns in a malicious manner.
As harsh a condemnation of an entire race of people as that is the statement requires a deeper examination. The stated goal of SBPDL is to arouse animus for the black community among the minority of powerless right wing bigots in the United States. The writer reinforces the idea that black people are the greatest danger to the health and well being, both physically and economically, in America. What Keating wrote and evidence from sources at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a vastly different portrait about gun deaths in the United States.
The fact that the suicide rate by firearm in the United States was 6.3% per 100,000 came as no shock to me whatsoever. The homicide rate by firearm was 3.6% per 100,000 which would cause a rational non race thinking reader to ask, “Who are all these people who are committing the greatest crime against their Souls?” Well, according to both the CDC and the article written by Keating:
A white person is five times as likely to commit suicide with a gun as to be shot with a gun; for each African American who uses a gun to commit suicide, five are killed by other people with guns.
The number of firearm suicide deaths according to the CDC based on 2010 data was 19.232; the number of firearm homicide deaths was 11,078. These are numbers omitted in the SBPDL article and for good reason. What the bigots at SBPDL want their readers to focus on is the potential that blacks will harm them. In fact a white person is far more likely, living in a rural area where guns are prevalent, to know someone who has killed themselves with a firearm, or, be involved in a firearm murder suicide, than have any harm caused to them by a black person.
The folks at SBPDL wave this fact away with the following poorly reasoned phrase:
Black people brandishing a gun while living on/walking by/driving on a street named after Martin Luther King Jr. is a recipe for immediate disaster, with an act of Spontaneous Blackness only moments from happening.
Meanwhile, white people are busy engaging in a metaphysical battle with their own reality, an introspective journey into measuring their own self-worth. If found wanting, they use a gun to take only their own life.
There’s the truth about guns in America.
So if a mistaken identity drive by shooting is a moment of “spontaneous blackness” then what would the bigots at SBPDL call the murder suicide of Herbert Rishell in San Antonio, Texas? Could it be an act of spontaneous whiteness the murder suicide of Richard Hughes and his wife in Asbury, Missouri? Should the suicide of Christopher Gilchowski and attempted murder of Charlotte Jones in Transylvania County, North Carolina be consider only along racial lines as a means to inspire not only fear but hatred against whites? As a rational journalist I would say no, but of course, you dear American reader live in very interesting times.
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Robin Naismith Green, D.S.V.J., O.G.H. [Journ.]
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