Black On Black Crime And Society

By Gregory Moore
Updated: December 7, 2007

Sean TaylorSAN ANTONIO — A lot of commentaries have been written about the tragic death of Sean Taylor, the former All Pro free safety of the Washington Redskins. His tragic death has resounded around the African American community and many Black sports writers have suggested that we shouldn’t be harping on his past transgressions or anything negative.

Yet what they are failing to realize is the fact that as Black scribes of the community, it is actually our job to point out when the Black community needs to start whooping some Black behind on some wayward kids.

Black on black crime. Have you ever thought about how it exists or why it exists? My personal belief is that it starts with the child rearing at home. Take the four young men who are now charged with Taylor’s killing. Why would they think it “normal” to go into somebody’s home and commit even the crime of burglary.

Were they not taught better by Big Momma, their own momma or somebody who was trying to show them the right way to get what they want in life? And to then bring this on a family that by all accounts were respectful, responsible and pillars of the Miami Black community? Yeah every one of those young men need to feel the full brunt of Florida justice because they have had no compunction to commit a crime.

Yet what happened to the Taylor family is nothing new. In Black communities across this country, there are stories like this every day. Just yesterday here in San Antonio a suspect who had been at large for a killing three months ago was finally apprehended. His age was early 20s. Yeah around the same age as the four young men in Florida.

Black males are an endangered species because they are facing perils that they shouldn’t have to face in life. If a young Black man becomes successful, his homies get jealous and figure that they deserve to be a part of that success.

Why? What have they done to help acquire that success? Being the friend? And if that young man doesn’t play ball or learn how to get away from his broke ass friends who still sit on the corner drinking the 40, he is doomed to fail.

Over the years I have written far too many articles about why successful black athletes need to take inventory as to who is in their inner circle. Whether they be friend or family member, I have written that unless they are helping that athlete be successful ten years down the road, then they need to be put off from afar.

Sean Taylor, by every account, was being the family man he always wanted. Yes he was rich. Yes he had a few scrapes with the law. But he was doing the American dream and four Black cowards came into his home and took him away from his family.

Taylor had no idea that a yard man or the brother of his sister’s acquaintance could have such malice in their hearts. Do I still believe it was a burglary? This was more than a burglary and until somebody shows me evidence of them taking things, I still am going to believe that it was four guys out to take something that wasn’t theirs to take. To me this was another black on black crime out of jealousy and spite; not some random burglary in an expensive neighborhood.

Taylor became another young black male who had his life snuffed out by another of his “peers”. It was senseless. But what the black community needs to understand, especially the black scribes like myself, is that it is imperative to raise up strong black males and not a bunch of cowards who believe in trying to beat the system or prey on those who are trying to do it right.

It really is time for some tough love in the households of the Black community. The village concept needs to be re-introduced and it is time for parents to be willing to lay a belt or some wood to wayward children who would rather rob, steal or kill rather than learn how to be productive citizens and better the world they live in.