If you ask the typical black resident what he or she fears more -- police or criminals -- the answer is self-evident. Apart from the obvious, universal reasons, statistics show that blacks are more likely to be victims of crime.
If you ask the typical black Cantonian what he or she fears more -- police or criminals -- the answer is self-evident.
Apart from the obvious, universal reasons, statistics show that blacks are more likely to be victims of crime.
Last week, a spokesman for the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network called for a boycott of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in response to the arrest of a young black man who recently filed a brutality complaint against Canton police.
If NAN really wants to go to bat for black people in this community, they should spend time in neighborhoods that are being decimated by crime and poverty. Though 85 percent of all homicides are “intraracial,” that is, same-race crimes, blacks are six times more likely to be victims of homicide and seven times more likely to commit it.
Whites have different social classes by which they differentiate themselves, but what many fail to realize is that blacks do, too.
A black person victimized by crime doesn’t somehow feel better when his or her perpetrator is black, which sadly, is often the case.
Most black people want the same things most whites want: Safe neighborhoods, good schools and jobs. They’re equally appalled at the embrace of the “thug life” by some young black men.
If Al Sharpton really wants to see justice served in Canton, he should stand on the steps of the Hall of Fame and publicly declare criminals as public enemies and traitors to those neighborhoods on which they prey.
He should take to task those parents who are letting their underage children run wild in the streets at all hours.
Gift of gab
He should raise money for Saving Our Sons, WATOES, the Monroe Center and PEACE TV, all of whom are laboring on shoestrings to prepare black teens for an increasingly competitive world.
He should have a sit-down with Canton Urban League CEO Steven Jenkins, Garrie McDaniel and others who are trying to help ex-offenders find employment.
He should, finally, return to Canton for the education summit to which he was invited eight years ago. Granted, there’s nothing sexy or headline-grabbing about education, though it’s the one sure thing that can and does lift people out of poverty.
Whites always have given Sharpton more credence than blacks, who get a kick out of his gift of gab, but who lost a great measure of respect for him after his refusal to admit culpability in the Tawana Brawley scandal.
Although it doesn’t excuse racial profiling or the abusive treatment by police officers, most people, regardless of race, prefer a black-and-white trolling their neighborhood, to a criminal of any color, casing it.
Reach Repository writer Charita M. Goshay at (330) 580-8313 or e-mail email@example.com