December 30, 2007

Hiding Black Interracial Crimes

A very interesting piece I came across. Although not specific to our area, there was a high profile case in Lockport a year or two ago that would apply to Dr. Williams' thoughts on the issue. Dr. Williams is African American.

Hiding Black Interracial Crimes
By Walter E. Williams

If you’re like I am, you’ve heard scores of media reports about the 2006 Duke University rape case, in which three white lacrosse players were falsely accused of raping a black stripper at a wild party at the home of one of the team members. These guys, convicted by the news media and Duke faculty, were later found innocent. It turned out that Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong was running for re-election. In seeking the black vote, he concealed DNA evidence that would have exonerated the lacrosse players.

You might remember hearing scores of stories about the 1998 murder of James Byrd, a black man who was stripped, chained to a pickup truck and dragged through the streets until he was decapitated in Jasper, Texas. The incident provided fodder for the NAACP and others to attack then-Texas Gov. George Bush, during his 2000 election campaign, for not supporting hate crime legislation. It turned out that two of Byrd’s murderers were sentenced to death, and the other, life in prison.

I don’t know about you, but it was just recently that I heard about a gruesome murder in Knoxville, Tenn., that is far worse than the false charges in the Duke rape case and is at least as horrible, if not more so, than the dragging death of James Byrd. Unlike the Duke rape case and the Jasper lynching, the national news media’s coverage of the interracial Knoxville murders paled in comparison. On Jan. 6, 2007, University of Tennessee student Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, were carjacked and kidnapped in Knoxville. Both of them were later murdered.

According to a 46-count indictment, suspects Darnell Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman, all blacks, are charged with committing rape, including sodomy against Christian and Newsom, both of whom are white. After being raped, Newsom was shot several times and his body was found burned along nearby railroad tracks. Christian was forced to witness her boyfriend’s rape, torture and subsequent murder before she was ultimately raped, tortured and murdered. The police discovered her body inside a large trash can in the kitchen of the home where the murders took place. Before disposing of her body, the murderers poured bleach or some other cleaning agent down her throat in an effort to destroy DNA evidence. Trial dates have been set for next May.

What have we heard from the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and others who rushed to judgment and outrage as they condemned whites in the cases of the “Jena 6″ and Don Imus when he referred to the Rutgers ladies basketball team as “nappy-headed ho’s”? Where were the national news media and public officials? You can bet the rent money that were the victims black and the perpetrators white, Knoxville would have been inundated with TV crews, with Jackson, Sharpton and other civil rights spokesmen and politicians from both parties condemning racism, possibly blaming it all on George Bush.

According to the 2004 FBI National Crime Victimization Survey, in most instances of interracial crimes, the victim is white and the perpetrator is black. In the case of interracial murder for 2004, where the race of victim and perpetrator is known, more than twice as many whites were murdered by a black than cases of a white murdering a black. The failure of civil rights leaders, people like Jackson and Sharpton, as well as politicians to vocally condemn black-on-white crime — and the relative silence of the news media in reporting it — is not simply a matter of double standards. It’s dangerous, for it contributes to a pile of racial kindling awaiting a racial arsonist to set it ablaze. I can’t think of better recruitment gifts for America’s racists, either white or black.

Dr. Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of More Liberty Means Less Government: Our Founders Knew This Well


Anonymous said...

Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are only interested in pushing their agenda. To truly break down color barriers we have to start by coming to grips with this reality:

A crime is crime....they are all hateful. Color doesn't matter

il-liberal education said...

Dr. Williams is a stud. I met him once and he is a great conservative. Wish he would have taught me at my WNY school, which supposedly educates the 'whole' person with only liberal professors.
Jackson and Sharpton need racism to persist in order to have a job, sort of like the entire left wing needing people to depend on Welfare and Social programs, so that they have jobs and make money off of the people.
Sharpton and Jackson would rather see the cause they claim to be fighting persist, rather than end, because it makes them rich. Perhaps one day they will be brave enough to admit that they contribute more to the problem than they help it. Maybe on their death beds, once they have 'cleaned up' nicely, $$$.

dontfoolyourself said...

A great conservative? the word sure doesn't mean what it used to, does it.... Simple reply to this argument: Jackson, Sharpton, et al are not addressing such crimes because they are black leaders, and speak out when race crimes are committed against blacks. There are plenty enough white folks speaking out (like Williams) about these crimes, asking black leaders to do so is stupid and a cowardly argumentative move from someone who certainly knows better. Did Williams make a stink about the jena 6? No.
I agree that Sharpton and Jackson are opportunists--and so is Williams.
Finally, a crime is not just a crime, racism is still alive and well. Coming to grips with that reality first--realizing every time you snicker at a black name or laugh at someone who says 'axed' instead of 'asked' you are being racist, and that blacks are still systematically denied opportunities in US society--is necessary before we can 'get beyond' color. Things like this happened not too long ago:

Nicky said...

Hobbes- You sound like a racist.

Rhonda Joy Mangus said...

Hobbes - thanks for sharing "Hiding Black Interracial Crimes" and kudos to dontfoolyourself for sharing the link - the human capacity for hatred toward, and violence against, another human being is, to say the very least, unsettling yet should not be limited to a "black or white" issue. "Racism" is alive and well in many forms in America.

Pete M said...

Thats a great piece by Williams. Of course, if a white author had written the same piece, he'd have Sharpton, Jackson et al clamoring for his head. That is the irony. Just like all the black rappers who use the "N" word, but if a white singer used it, well, he'd be crucified.

Nicky sounds like an idealistic 20 year-old. Maybe some day when she grows up she'll know the difference between racism and pointing out racism.

Nicky said...

Pete M,
Thank you for pointing out the error of my ways with your “mature” and “enlightened” opinion. I am sure we call learn tolerance from you.

Pete M said...

No problem, Nicky, I've got your back. One other point: maybe you shouldnt go around accusing people of racism when the point of the post was to point out racism; overt or reverse. It's ironic that you talk of tolerance, because it sure sounds like you could use a lesson or 50 in it.

nicky said...

Pete M
Feeling a little touchy? I bet you nothing but a big bullie that likes to crame your views down people throats. I can read the post fine. I just think that people like you jump at every chance to say. Look the blacks are the ones with the problem not us.

Jim Beam said...

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should be killed. They are a lot of the problem.

Anonymous said...

The only thing i am tired of is black people hiding behind the racism crap. Everytime something happens its because "i am black". Hmm. Maybe its because you broke the law. And Al Sharpton. He is probably the most racist person in this country