Photo: Dave Mecham

Photo: Dave Mecham

As the Black Lives Matter protests spread across the U.S. last year, one criticism constantly got thrown at people who took to the streets or spoke out on social media: why don’t you care about Black on Black crime?

While it’s just not true that Black folks don’t care about violence that isn’t committed by law enforcement officers, the myth that African Americans only care when Black folks are killed by police continues to persist. Over the weekend, hundreds of concerned citizens challenged this myth and flooded the streets of Compton to call for peace.

Prompted by the tragic death of Autumn Johnson, the one-year-old baby girl who was fatally shot while laying in her crib, Compton residents hit the streets to demand an end in gang violence.

During Johnson’s funeral, which was also held on Sunday, her grandfather Jeffery Wandick told mourners he hopes her death isn’t in vain.

“Autumn was a beautiful child,” he said. “I just hope this starts something and is not just the end of a life. It doesn’t need to happen to anyone else.”

Judging from this weekend’s march, Compton residents are working to change things.

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  • [email protected]

    It is the lie that many whites (and some black people even) promote that no black person is standing up against intraracial violence. Black people for years and decades have opposed intraracial violence. It is very important to defend black human lives and to end violence in our communities and end police terrorism too. It is revolting for many people to exploit the deaths of black people as an excuse for them to promote the lie that black people aren’t protesting against intraracial violence. For years and decades, black people have used protests, vigils, mentorships, and other programs to fight violence in our communities. Many of the same ones who promote this lie (of black people not being active in combating black on black crime) are active misogynists, make stereotypes about black women, and could care less about black people. They care about promoting a reactionary ideology that advances theocracy, patriarchy, and misogynoir instead of black liberation. So, we congratulate these courageous Brothers and Sisters in Compton, CA in standing up for what is right. We want safe communities, so our families and our black people in general can prosper.

    RIP Sister Autumn Johnson

    • LogicOverEmotion

      Well when BLM ONLY shows up when a black person is killed by a white cop it looks pretty damn suspect. Perception is everything and the MAJORITY black sites like this one, Bossip, MadamNoire, etc always bring attention to white on black violence whether its racially motivated or not. And BLM gets the most money when the problems they fight are the smallest. The people who are marching in Compton get the LEAST attention and the least money but are fighting the BIGGEST problem. THAT is why whites and blacks don’t think black people care about their own.

    • [email protected]

      Usually, I don’t respond to a person like you. Your views and your disrespectful, disgraceful, and evil words towards black women (including people who disagree with you) on the Internet are well documented. Since this is another thread (and because I want to), I will respond to you on this issue. Intraracial violence is not an unusual phenomenon. Crime in America is mostly intraracial. Therefore, just because black people who commit crime do it mostly intraracially doesn’t mean that black people have unique pathologies or black people are genetically inferior. It means that intraracial crime is a serious problem that must be addressed along with police terrorism. Police terrorism is a common fixture in the Americas from the events of Bloody Sunday to the police using tear gas on innocent men, women, and children throughout America.

      Moreover, black-on-black crime has decreased over the decades. In the past 20 years, black-on-black homicides decreased by 67 percent—a sharper decline than white-on-white homicide—and “[a]mong black youth, rates of robbery and serious property offenses are the lowest in more than 40 years,” according to Demos. Throughout the country, crime has continuously fallen since the 1990s. Likewise, the offending rate for blacks has dropped from 51.1 offenders per 100,000 in 1991 to 24.7 offenders per 100,000 in 2008. Perception is not necessarily reality. Many people have anti-black perceptions, but those racist perceptions are repugnant. Many anti-black perceptions back in the day led into the lynchings of innocent black people. White racists has false perceptions about Emmett Till and they murdered him brutally. Oscar Grant was murdered too. Black Lives Matter movement on their website (since I have looked at their website) explicitly condemn intraracial violence in the black community. Clutch has plenty of articles that talk about black children, black men, and black women being unjustly murdered all of the time. I can cite the titles of the article like clockwork. Also, BLM is not a one issue organization. They mention economic justice matters, the environment, international issues, and other topics. I don’t consider cops murdering unarmed, innocent people the least important issue in the world. I consider both intraracial violence and police terrorism as very important issues. The people marching in Compton receive little attention, because many media people want to promote the lie that black people aren’t concerned with intraracial violence. Additionally, some corporate engines make more money reporting on bad news more than good news when comprehensive reporting is needed. Numerous people from FOX News have expressed the lie and deflection that black people want to minimize intraracial violence when rallies occur all of the time to confront black on black crime. That lie has been embraced by white racists and some black people (especially black people who are misogynists, xenophobes, and promote a patriarchal, theocratic agenda). To some of these far right extremists, capitalism is God. I don’t care what white racists think about me or all black people in general.

      There have been countless black organizations, vigils, programs, and other activists fighting back against black on black crime. Just because little coverage (by the media) is shown doesn’t mean that efforts aren’t being made to address this issue. Numerous people are tired of hypocritical conservative extremists lecturing people on personal responsibility when they refuse to advocate Wall Street banks and corporatists to have responsibility for their own actions. Many of the solutions to intraracial violence require investments, which is antithetical to the credo of tax cuts alone and austerity measures.

      So, the black community has always fought against black on black crime. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar. There should be much more action done in addressing this important issue too. So, black people have every right to fight for social change.

    • Mrs.J

      So what do you have to say about these people marching against violence in their communities?Why do you keep bringing up BLM when they are against police brutality?

    • Mrs.J

      Whites think blacks don’t care about black on black crime because they listen to all of the misguided politicians.Keep listening to them and their lies.

    • [email protected]

      thank you!

  • PurpNGold1

    But I thought black people only cared about white on black crime, right?

  • LogicOverEmotion

    This was good but BLM was not there.

    • Mrs.J

      They can’t be everywhere.They are against police brutality.These people are marching against crime in their own communities.This is something that whites and misguided blacks think that blacks never do.Blacks have been marching against violence in our communities.

    • [email protected]

      Amen Sister.

    • Mrs.J

      Pointless arguing with some people who never get anything.People just believe what they are told and never research things for themselves.#Thelostones

    • [email protected]

      Indeed Sister. Some people will take a much longer time to wake up. Some folks will probably never wake up. The best thing is to show people the truth, promote wisdom, stand up for justice, and keep on moving forward as black human beings.

  • We were there! the energy was incredible!

    • [email protected]

      That’s great.

    • Mrs.J

      Good for you guys.It’s great to get out in your community and give a helping hand.Great job!!!

    • Although we don’t live there my moms works for the city of compton.

    • Mrs.J

      Just the fact that you guys went is awesome.They have marches like that in The Bay Area where I live and I need to start going to them.

    • I love the bay <3 You should go if you have the time, sometimes we can feel so helpless and being around like minds can at least let us know that we arent alone.

    • Mrs.J

      So very true.I need to get more active in the community.Thanx for The Bay Love.

  • Mrs.J

    Good job Compton.Cities across America March against crime in their communities.Many cities also have programs that help young people who are at risk.Many people say well where are BLM when a black person shoots another black person.Even some idiot blacks are saying this.I always say they have programs and people who March against violence in their communities.So sad for the girls family.This kind of thing happens way too much.Bullets meant for others kill innocent children and that is ashame.People need to stop and think and make better choices.