Johnw11 5pts GREAT article!!!!My only wish is those choosing to run on TV and pop-off at the mouth such as Michael Eric Dyson would do this kind of research before doing so.A friend directed me yesterday to an online replay of a TV discussion (11/23/14) Dyson had with the spent-racist, and former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani. The spent-racist argued fatuously that "white police are in the Black community to keep Blacks from killing each other." (Actually, white police are in the Black community the same as Black police, to maintain their own employment.)It was painful to see Dyson, a supposed scholar, unable to respond to such nonsense, other than to say: "But, when Blacks kill each other, they go to jail."There was no correcting the spent-racist with empirical facts as those presented in this excellent article.Moreover, it must always be kept in mind that the driving force behind violent community based crime is POVERTY. In a recent community forum, I debated a "Black conservative," who argued that "Black on Black violence is destroying the Black community."I countered that "so-called Black-on-Black violence is not 'destroying' the Black community." The problem is largely confined to POVERTY-STRICKEN Black neighborhoods. That middleclass Black and white neighborhoods do just fine.To support my contention, I cited research by social scientists Lauren Krivo and Ruth Peterson. In a study focusing on "Extremely Disadvantaged Neighborhoods and Violent Crime," the authors found that "structural conditions of disadvantage affect black and white communities in the same manner." (Social Forces, 1996) Also see their, "Poverty, not Race Tied to High Crime Rates in Urban Communities," (Ohio State University, 2013).For example, the researchers found that "extremely disadvantaged neighborhoods had violent crime rates that were 16.3 per 1,000 residents higher than rates in low disadvantaged neighborhoods." Furthermore, "the violent crime rate in highly disadvantaged Black areas was 22 per 1,000 residents, not much different from the 20 per 1,000 rate in similar white communities." The different (22 vs. 20) was accounted for by a greater concentration of poverty in the Black neighborhoods than the white ones studied.Social scientists Robert Defina and Lance Hannon (Dept. of Sociology; Villanova University) conducted a longitudinal study (1990-2000) that disproved the racist claim of some that an end to poverty would decrease violent crime among whites, but not Blacks. ("Violent Crime In African American And White Neighborhoods: Is Poverty's Detrimental Effect Race-Specific."The scientific evidence is abundant that what is being speciously mislabeled for political-ideological purposes as "Black-on-Black violence" is, at the end of the day, nothing more than white-on-Black crime; given that it results from poverty--which is a result of white controlled socioeconomic public policies.It is time that those seeking to address the issue tell the truth. By telling the truth, those propagandists seeking to use this problem as fodder to smear Blacks, and, or, to chasten Blacks to be silent about the blatant murder of Blacks by racist whites ("how come you all are not discussing Blacks killing Blacks?"), will have to come up with another psychopathic con game to obfuscate reality.Will someone please tell Blacks (like Dyson, Sharpton, et al.) to stop running on TV trying to address matters that they appear intellectually unprepared to discuss.THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BLACK ON BLACK VIOLENCE in the American social context. Such violence is for the most part caused by poverty. Poverty is caused by socioeconomic public policies. Public policy is in the main controlled by whites.