In the wake of the Ferguson incident, we have heard the old meme about the very high rate of black on black murder/crime rise up again (as if that would excuse the murder of a black man by a white police officer or anyone else). Anyway, it turns out that white on white murder is also staggeringly high. So, bringing that issue up is just a bit hypocritical and disingenuous. Yes, it should be addressed, but so should all other types of crime.
Why oh why is no one commenting on the insanely high rate of of white on white murder? Bill O'Reilly? Joe Klein, of Time magazine, who devotes his whole column to write this week on black on black murder, in response to Ferguson? Anybody? Because bringing up the canard of black on black crime whenever a white man kills a black man is just how the right-wing—and apparently the mainstream—media rolls.
Note to smug white racists: Take a look at the real numbers. According to the FBI's most recent homicide statistics, Vox.com reports, "the United States is in the wake of an epidemic of white-on-white crime. Back in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, a staggering 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow Caucasians.
As Vox's Matthew Iglesias writes, rather brilliantly:
This is not to say that white people are inherently prone to violence. Most whites, obviously, manage to get through life without murdering anyone. And there are many countries full of white people — Norway, Iceland, France, Denmark, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom — where white people murder each other at a much lower rate than you see here in the United States. On the other hand, although people often see criminal behavior as a symptom of poverty, the quantity of murder committed by white people specifically in the United States casts some doubt on this. Per capita GDP is considerably higher here than in France — and the white population in America is considerably richer than the national average — and yet we have more white murderers.