Women's Elevation Magazine May 2015 - Page 9

2010 U.S. Department of Justice Report and confirmed by the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report. In other words, many times crime is committed within your own community, among people that you already know. Whether you are Black, White, Latino, or Asian, you will be more likely to be victimized by a person within the community that you identify. Do you care? Is it more important to stand up against the police or each other? It is important to consider whether if a life lost by a white police officer has more value than a life lost to one’s friend or family member. If you are reading this article, then I will take a guess that you believe that both lives are equal. We lost a potential contribution to our community. Although they left their mark on the community, we are left here to wonder what could have been. [ Do you care? Is it more important to stand up against the police or each other? It is ] important to consider whether if a life lost by a white police officer has more value than a life lost to one’s friend or family member. Yet, many conservatives believe that the Black community does not care about Black-on-Black violence. They say that we are protesting for thugs and criminals and that our protests are misplaced. Deroy Murdock of the National Review said, “But one can hear birds chirp while listening for public outcry over the deaths of black citizens killed by black perpetrators. Somehow, these black lives don’t seem to matter.” In fact, in November 2014, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani presented an extremely one-sided argument about the Ferguson police force on Meet the Press by saying, “We are talking about the significant exception, 93% of blacks are killed by other blacks...What about the poor black child that is killed by Women’s Elevation Magazine | 9