I have three black nieces, one black nephew, a black brother-in-law, Hispanic step son and grand kids, Hispanic daughter in law and a slew of friends that cross nearly every boundary, including a “Redneck Asian” guy.
I fully agree that most black people are good people, nearly ALL of them to be honest. Just like white people, Asians, Hispanics and others. There’s no question that families like ours are the reason racism is on the decline. That said, I don’t want to move away from the issues that cause high murder rates because it’s culture (which you mentioned) rather than poverty. I don’t like blaming things that aren’t responsible because it keeps us from properly addressing the problem. There are multiple studies that show poverty has nothing to do with crime.
Essentially, I started speaking my mind on this issue when one of our more Liberal family members (black lady) was blaming racism for the higher incarceration rates among black people. She was suggesting it was a conspiracy by whitey to keep the black man down… I pointed out that 90% of the crimes committed by black people that they go to prison for are committed AGAINST other black people and until they address the culture of crime that resides in their heritage, it won’t change. I say heritage because the mentality is nearly the same among black criminals in America as it is in black criminals in South America, the Caribbean and Africa. The common mentality I’ve seen is to blame “the man” for their actions and it has to stop.
To her, I suggested we had a choice. Prosecute black offenders and obtain justice for their victims, of which 90% are black, or don’t prosecute those offenders and deny justice to black people. The first day I said this, I was a racist that was just stupid, but for some odd reason, they come over for dinner once every few months and we talk politics and it’s always respectful and we both learn a lot. She won’t admit it but she hardened her views on black criminals a bit.