What If I Told You…Deconstructing Myths About Black Pathology

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  • That from 1980 to 2004, 84 percent of white murder victims were killed by other whites.
  • That from the same time period, 93 percent of black murder victims were killed by other blacks.
  • That crime (along with being a fusion of many other complexities) is mostly about opportunity and proximity and that blacks tend to live with other blacks and whites tend to live with other whites; hence.
  • That even though police violence against blacks compared to black-on-black violence is smaller, that doesn’t change the significance.
  • That during the height of KKK and other lynchings of blacks, the lynchings were still a tiny fraction of the black-on-black crime, but nobody with any sense would dare suggest that black people ought not be up in arms about lynchings.
  • That when the state kills someone, i.e. the people with power, it rightly gets more attention. As Ta-Nehisi Coates has argued, it’s a different kind of crime than person-to-person and it rightly receives our attention.
  • That black people — shocker~! — do actually care about “black-on-black crime.” There’s a plethora of organizations and perpetual rallies dedicated to fixing the problem.
  • That even so, “black-on-black” crime has been, just like white-on-white crime, trending downward for 20 years.


  • That only about 1 percent of blacks (and about 2 percent of black males) will ever commit a violent crime.
  • That black fathers actually spend more time with their children than their racial counterparts in almost every category measured.


  • That black female birthrates for unmarried women is going down. That is to say, the “crisis of illegitimate birth in the black community” is no crisis at all.

Birthrate for Black and White Unmarried Women.jpg

  • That just like their white counterparts, less and less black married women are having children, too.

Birthrate for Married Women By Race

  • That all of these myths for some reason maintain currency in the culture (on the right and left) despite their overwhelming falsehoods.
  • That lack-on-black crime as a way to explain a deep black pathology is bullshit.
  • That black children born out of wedlock as a way to explain a deep black pathology is bullshit.
  • That, “Where are the black fathers?” as a way to explain a deep black pathology is bullshit.
  • That in another post, we can dissect what mass incarceration, poverty, policing, racism, the War on Drugs and so on has done to black communities.

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One thought

  1. What would I say to all of this? I would say – it doesn’t surprise me in the least that these stereotypes continue to have power.

    Why would these not have power? They continue to drive news-market-share. They continue to serve as a distraction to the masses. They continue to push the ‘divide and conquer’ mentality that our oppressors are carefully nurturing in the press of ‘the unwashed masses.’

    Social programming at its finest.

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