by Kenray Sunyaru
Over the years I’ve understood that any time there is a series of racist murders and attacks against Black people, the white controlled – corporate media will single out one white-racist murder like the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. Along now with the arrest and second-degree murder charge against George Zimmerman, Trayvon’s murderer - blow this case up with constant 24/7 coverage to isolate and over-shadow that there have been several recent racist murders of Black men.
This media ‘hype’ is done so Blacks won’t see the bigger picture of the upsurge in white-racist violence against Black people, specifically targeting Black men. Two recent murders of Black men come to my mind, last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2 white supremacists shot 5 Black men and murdered 3 of them. On March 29th, an unarmed 19 year-old Black man was murdered by Pasadena, California police.
Since the beginning of the year – January 2012, besides the cases I’ve mentioned; 28 Black people, 27 men and 1 female, have been murdered by police official’s security guards, and self-appointed law enforcement. Of the 28 Black people killed 18 were unarmed, 2 had guns, and 8 were alleged to have non-lethal weapons. Of the 28 Black people killed, 11 were innocent of any illegal behavior or behavior that involved a threat to anyone – 7 were emotionally disturbed, displaying strange behavior.
Have we forgotten about the racist serial murder of Black men in this state, in Flint 18 months ago, where 13 were brutally stabbed to death? Indeed, the white propaganda media wants Blacks to simply focus on the murder of Trayvon Martin while many other Black male victims of racist murders go uncovered – no media attention. Racist murders of Black men go uncovered because normally the media keeps us focusing on ‘Black on Black’ male violence. In other words, don’t focus on, or worry about, white on Black violence.
Every year many Black men are killed by white – racist violence. Every year since the enslavement of Black people here in 1619, hundreds of thousands of Black men have been murdered by white racist violence over this 400-year period. To paraphrase Malcolm X: “Never be shocked when white men kill Black men, as long as they have been killing Black men they are experts at it.” As Black people what we don’t realize is that the rise of Black-on-Black male violence in a major way began in the 1970s and has been consistent through today.
But what we don’t consider as Black people is that much of this Black-on-Black male violence has been manufactured, engineered, and fostered by the politics of white male supremacy. It was the politics of white male supremacy that flooded heroin in Black communities in the 1970s. It was the politics of white male supremacy that flooded crack-cocaine in Black communities in the 1980s.
It was the politics of white male supremacy – the FBI – that destroyed Black organizations like the Black Panthers and others; killing and jailing them; clearing the landscape that left a void for the emergence of defacto Black gangs and drug wars. The murder of Black men is sending out a clear message, get armed and be vigilant of white male supremacy. This upcoming presidential election, Obama and Romney, is going to escalate racist tensions and violence.
Black men get prepared, if you ain’t, get ready, as Malcolm X said: “The only justice – equality in racist murders is ‘even stevens’ when there are funerals on both sides.”