- It is not at all related to systemic racism.
- It is not at all related to police brutality.
- It is not at all related with a biased justice system against African Americans.
- The fundamental real problem is that the United States has not found the solution to how to end the chain of crimes of blacks killed by blacks in poor black communities with high violence, very poor education, high unemployment, armed population (buying a gun is cheaper than buy a book), drug trafficking, violent conflict resolution and one of culture of extreme violence summed up in you kill or they kill you.
The Atlantic, A Matter of Black Lives, Jeffrey Goldberg, SEPTEMBER 2015 ISSUE
- Since 1980, more than 260,000 black men have been killed in America. Most of them are blacks killed by blacks.
- Mitch Landrieu does not hesitate to argue, particularly in front of black audiences, that black males are in the grip of a culture of violent retribution.
- Landrieu’s closest ally among American mayors is Philadelphia’s Michael Nutter, who is, if anything, far blunter on the subject of African American street culture than Landrieu. He argues that violence gives elected officials little choice but to confront it in a frank manner.
- “No one really likes talking about race and violence, regardless of their ethnicity. I get criticized in Philadelphia from time to time for talking about black-on-black violence, and I’m African American,” Nutter told me when I spoke with him recently. “It’s going to be tougher for a white elected official to talk about it, especially in a majority–African American city, but the bottom line is—and I say this to all mayors—when young people are dying in the streets, you’ve got to take a forceful stand against the violence, or you’re going to be criticized for not fighting it and not caring about young African Americans.”