Race and Violence: White-on-White Violence

There have been a number of stories lately about race and violence. In reaction to stories about black on black crime (especially by conservative pundits), a number of people have written about the problem of white and white-on-white violence. Here are some examples:

Cord Jefferson a “deftly skewers media stories bemoaning a violent black youth with his satirical reflection on the Huntington Beach violence and the tragedy of ‘thuggish white youth.'” A Dangerous and Irresponsible Culture: “They’d like to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that all white children are as sweet and harmless as Taylor Swift. But the reality is that the statistics tell a different story. For instance, according to research from the Department of Justice, 84 percent of white murder victims are killed by other white people[PDF]. Similarly, white rape victims tend to be raped by other whites [PDF]. White-on-white violence is a menace to white communities across the country, and yet you never hear white leaders like Pastor Joel Osteen, Bill O’Reilly, or Hillary Clinton take a firm stance against the scourge.”  http://gawker.com/video-of-violent-rioting-surfers-shows-white-culture-o-954939719

Tim Wise: “But not only does the white right overlook any number of positive trends in the black communities of this nation; more to the point, they manage to completely miss the evidence of substantial pathology in the very communities where they, as white folks, tend to live. As the data make clear, when it comes to several destructive behaviors, whites often lead the pack, but somehow manage to escape the harsh cultural judgments so regularly reserved for persons of color (1).”  http://www.timwise.org/2013/08/whats-the-matter-with-white-people-a-modest-call-for-personal-responsibility/

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