oh my word, all these tropes; black on black crime, the evils of public schools, and let’s all get guns as a political strategy.

with a soupçon of: did you know Democrats were the real racists? a side order of ‘most Black children are born out of wedlock’. Then the dessert: ‘you’re Black so you may not care about other oppressed people, then the glass of port is accompanied by the Moynihan Report!

my word, it’s rightwing bingo!

Your proud third-party intellectual, uber-tolerant stance leads you to these opinions? Go on then. I prefer to deal with the reality that crime is committed most by those who are close, which means that white-on-white crime is just as rampant, yet the racist origins of the ‘black-on-black crime’ meme insist that Black people have a special proclivity for violence.


“…white people commit crimes against other white people at about the same rate that Black people do against other Black people. But despite these numbers, people aren’t discussing the “white-on-white” crime problem. When a white person commits a crime against another white person, it’s just called a crime; race isn’t a factor, and that’s intentional. Using language like “Black-on-Black crime” perpetuates the myth that intraracial violence is specific to the Black community – a myth that implies Black people are inherently more violent. This tactic has been used to justify the mistreatment of Black people since the abolishment of slavery…”

The Moynihan report has long been known as a way for Moynihan to thrive, while Black people struggle: Tressie Cotton is instructive here:


“…Moynihan is prescient only if one ignores that Moynihan went on to participate in the kind of policies and ideology that perpetuated the conditions he was originally critiquing. That kind of prescience is called winning by owning the rules of the game…”.

But you haven’t a racist bone in your etc, I bet. Religious to your core, no doubt.

Anyway, you’ll do what you want. I don’t expect to persuade you to be more honest about America’s systemic racism. And I dare say you realize I’m not falling for the tired innuendo.

But some others might be reading, I thought an alternative view was worth taking a bit of time on.

bonus reading for those who appreciate nuance:


“…we had so many tornadoes. I mean, I have a little house across the street from my parents. One day I had run across to them because they have a basement and I don’t, so I had to pick up my dog and run across the street. Because you know the sky turns green. And so growing up in Florida, it was rare to have a category 4 or 5, and now I just feel like we’re getting stronger and stronger every year. So what does that mean for those who are most vulnerable within the environment? How does that play into response measures? That’s why I did the piece at Storm King Art Center in memoriam to the people who perished in the Okeechobee Hurricane, which was the backdrop for Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and also the Great Miami Hurricane. But I was linking that to Katrina, to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, to Sea Islands Hurricane, Galveston Hurricane, Hurricane Andrew. Like turning the light switch on all the social disasters and inequities that are embedded within this landscape. Whether that’s how people are responded to or not responded to after, why are they on the wrong side of the levee in the first place? How did that land get reorganized after the antebellum period? Why are Black folks always in the most precarious part of the landscape that’s most vulnerable to these storms? So really kind of digging deep into this history of a natural occurrence in the way that it really shows the human-made disasters that are part of our culture…”

Terri MacMillan. punk hippie scholar poet. & no religion, too. NYC → Tokyo. links to what I make: https://linktr.ee/tokyoterri

Terri MacMillan. punk hippie scholar poet. & no religion, too. NYC → Tokyo. links to what I make: https://linktr.ee/tokyoterri