|A reminder of the culture black people create in America wherever they reside|
On Bob Costas' NBC Sports program "Costas Live" this week, guests Charles Barkley and John McEnroe discussed guns and Costas' anti-gun rhetoric. Barkely defended gun ownership and also reflected on the black community on the show.Culture is nothing more then the shared experiences of a particular people or group. Black people have created a distinct culture in America that is dramatically different then the one white people have created; though individual blacks can assimilate to white culture, they cannot create it. The same goes for white people.
"I think, especially in the black culture, I don't know if it's a gun culture, it’s a crime culture. We, as black people, and I always say we, we don’t have respect for each other. You know? We got more black men in prison than we do in college, and crime in our neighborhoods is running rampant," NBA great Charles Barkley said. "I know everybody reacts when something like the Belcher thing happens, but being black, this is something you deal with all the time and it’s just sad. I’m a guy, I carry a gun. I carry a gun."
But just as black people can't create white culture, they also seem incapable of sustaining it in the absence of white people.
Thus, culture correlates closely to race. And as Charles Barkley noted, black culture is closely correlated to crime culture. Of course we aren't supposed to notice crime statistics and note the obvious -- blacks, particularly black males, bathe in a culture of violence that other racial groups choose to avoid by living as far away from black people as possible.
Mr. Barkley broke rank with the racial etiquette governing acceptable public discourse in Black-Run America (BRA) on such matters of high rates of crime and violence in the black community: one must always blame white people for the culture that black people create whether they live in Birmingham, Alabama or Buffalo, New York.
Steve Bogira of the Chicago Reader, the epitome of a Disingenuous White Liberal (DWL), makes sure to always abide by this proper racial etiquette when discussing the monopoly on violence, crime, and misery that black people hold in Chicago -- nothing more then an extension of black culture. As if on cue, Mr. Bogira finds a way to blame white people for the culture of violence black people have created for themselves in Chicago [Another price of segregation: not just homicide, but countless walking wounded, 12-6-6]:
Chicago's high homicide rate has gotten much attention this year. Through November, there'd been 480 homicides here, up 21 percent from 2011.
The vast majority of these homicides resulted from shootings. And the vast majority of them happened in Chicago's poor black neighborhoods.
I wrote a couple of posts this summer about the relationship between concentrated poverty and homicide. The multitude of homicides in Chicago was a legacy of segregation, I said—segregation that was imposed on blacks by whites here, with the help of government, starting around 1910. Decades of segregation and discrimination have cultivated gangs and violence on the south and west sides, along with joblessness, poor health, and high dropout rates. I wrote that residents of neighborhoods such as Englewood and West Garfield Park would continue to pay the price until Chicago faced up to the problem it had created, and worked to fix it.
As awful as the homicides are, the toll goes way beyond them. The mortality rates for the leading nonviolent causes of death—cancer, heart disease, diabetes-related illnesses, stroke, and unintentional injury—are also far higher in the city's poor black neighborhoods.
But let's just consider the shootings today. Besides the toll in deaths, there's the havoc often caused in the lives of those who survive shootings. Through yesterday afternoon, there'd been 2,339 known shooting victims in Chicago this year—up from 2,102 last year. You can guess in which neighborhoods most of those occurred. Shooting victims tend to be young, so the costs to society—health care, long-term disability, lack of productivity—are enormous.Black people can never be blamed for the culture they create; for the individual life choices that they make, which when measured together, paint a depressing picture for the source of racial inequalities in America -- black people themselves.
That Chicago aldermen are considering using a new disorderly conduct law to aid police in keeping the peace at gang members funeral in Chicago is but another reminder of the type of culture black people create - and why white people always engage in white flight when a neighborhood, community, city, or county starts to see an increase in its black population.
High rates of black violence in Chicago, according to the Chicago Reader and Steve Bogira, are easily blamed on the legacy of segregation. This excuses the horrible culture black people have created in the present, by placing the source of all the problems on an insidious past; never mind segregation - and the practice of restrictive covenants on residential real estate - was to protect white people from the very violence that black people have always created, wherever they go.