Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani battled Michael Eric Dyson this morning on Meet the Press.
Dyson took offense at the former Mayor pointing out the numbers killed in black on black murders. Dyson called comparing the killing of Michael Brown to the murders of blacks or other blacks a “false equivalency.” Dyson said that the former Mayor’s attitidue is reinfocing the problems that blacks are facing.
“The fact is I find it very disappointing that you’re not discussing the fact that 93% of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here. We are talking about a significant exception. 93% of blacks are killed by other blacks. I would like to see the attention paid to that, that you are paying to this. And the solutions to that… It is the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community… What about the poor black child that is killed by another black child? Why aren’t you protesting that?… How about 75% of the crime in my town takes place in black cities?… White officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing eachother.”
Facts are stubborn things.
The most common gun violence, by contrast, is drearily predictable and is the source on average of nearly ten thousand homicides a year. Such violence occurs overwhelmingly in certain locations of cities—over the past 30 years in Boston, for example, 75 percent of the city’s shootings occurred in 4.5% of its area, whereas 88.5 percent of the city’s street segments experienced not a single shooting.
Urban shootings are retaliatory or the product of the most trivial of slights. They are committed by handguns, not assault rifles. Victims and perpetrators usually know each other, absent bullets going astray. Reforming the involuntary commitment laws and beefing up mental health services are largely irrelevant to these shootings, since though the shooters have serious problems with impulse control and are clearly a danger to themselves and others, few would be deemed mentally ill.
And both victims and perpetrators are disproportionately minority, by huge margins. New York City is emblematic of the country’s gun violence. According to victims and witnesses, blacks commit 80% of all shootings in New York, though they are 23% of the city’s residents. Add Hispanics and you account for 98% of all shootings. Whites commit a little over 1% of shootings, though they are 35% of the city’s population. These disproportions pertain across the country.
Similar statistics like these are repeated across the country.
But Eric Holder, Barack Obama and Michael Eric Dyson won’t talk about this.
It’s too obvious.