I’ve never known a year like it. Knife crime and gun crime are both increasing on the Britain streets with devastating consequences. Young Black males being killed by young Black males on London’s streets has now become a dreadfully common occurence. What’s it all about? Territory? Poverty? Lack of role models or as PM Blair says “a distinctive Black culture”?
All of the above play a role, in my opinion, although I’m uncomfortable with agreeing with the Prime Minister, because I feel we are likely to be coming from different places even if the headline may be the same. The particular Black culture that is being glamourised and promoted on media outlets that are not Black owned, so its not just our responsibility. The Black community has to go to Government for the resources which are necessary to address this complex issue, so the Government cannot just increase Police patrols to deal with the aftermath, the causes have to be identified and addressed by society as a whole. Although, the vast majority of the victims are Black, it is the same madness that resulted in the senseless and brutal murder of Tom ap Rhys Pryce, so it is not just our problem.
I believe that there is one thing that should be included in any serious discourse about the destructive and violent thread running through the Black youth culture in Britain’s streets, yet is, for the most part, absent. In my opinion, any honest discussion on the greater propensity of Black youth to kill each other than other communities, would have to consider the affects of chattel slavery on the Black psyche. Having a common enemy, and in our case that should be racism, is usually enough to bind a community together however tenuously. It doesn’t do that, for young Blacks, even though they share a greater likelihood of being excluded from school, being unemployed or imprisoned. I refuse to accept that we are genetically predisposed to be this way, but instead its something we learn, we learn that our greatest enemy is someone who looks just like us and is just as low on the foodchain as we are.
I am including a link to a brilliant short film that will give you an insight in the self loathing that Black people have, that contributes to Black youth killing each other so readily. I know this is an American piece and that it focuses on young females, but it is equally relevant to Black people (males and females) in Britain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk_x7s3QiYk
Lets get that discussion going.