Phil Bruno’s July 14 letter assigning hypocrisy to the Black Lives Matter movement for not focusing on “black-on-black crime” is much more informed by Fox News and “dog whistle” politics than any type of critical reading or thinking.
Protesting is typically about changing unfair power structures, making it pointless to “protest” against black-on-black crime. But even a few minutes of research on the internet reveals that violent crime (most crime, for that matter) is usually intra-racial. Victims of violent white perpetrators are typically white. That perpetrator and victim are of the same race is not a revelation.
Why isn’t Mr. Bruno concerned about white-on-white crime, which happens in larger overall numbers? In addition, violent crime occurs more frequently in pockets of poverty, underemployment, and de facto segregation, contexts urban African Americans frequently find themselves living amongst in 2016.
Mr. Bruno’s effort to “blow the whistle” on Black Lives Matter reveals his need to look through a racial lens in assigning blame, rather than looking seriously at systemic challenges in the various institutions of our country.
Derek Boucher, Clovis